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Could this become a common sight in Ireland? A waiter wearing a face mask carries beer at a pub in Austria

Could this become a common sight in Ireland? A waiter wearing a face mask carries beer at a pub in Austria

Gary McMichael

Gary McMichael

Colin Neill

Colin Neill

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Lesa McCann

Lesa McCann

Could this become a common sight in Ireland? A waiter wearing a face mask carries beer at a pub in Austria

Any move to limit time spent in pubs during the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions could lead to a growth in binge drinking, an addiction charity has said.

In the Republic of Ireland was proposed last night that pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reduce social distancing to one metre if they limit patrons to just 105 minutes inside their premises.

Pubs in Northern Ireland will reopen on July 3 but will have to primarily function as restaurants and offer substantial meals with table service.