Indoor service of bars and restaurants in the Republic of Ireland resumed today, July 26, for those vaccinated and who have recovered from COVID-19. On Wednesday, June 21, President Michael D. Higgins signed the bill into law. Customers are not restricted by time constraints, and the businesses close at 23:30 Irish local time. Those under the age of 18 are permitted entry, but only if accompanied by vaccinated parents or guardians. The Irish government is working on an app that will allow hospitality industry owners to check their customers’ European Union (EU) Digital COVID Certifications. Last week, more than two million citizens in Ireland received their certificates that include QR codes by email and post. Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin says that the country’s vaccination program is rolling out “very effectively.” However, he warns people to stay vigilant: “We have to all adhere to the guidelines no matter how tired we are of this.”

The original deadline for reopening bars and restaurants in Ireland was set for July 5 but was postponed at the end of June. Alan Grehan, manager of the Sprezzatura restaurant in Dublin, believes that this will allow “better mitigation factors” for indoor hospitality to be implemented. Checking for certifications will become “second nature” for the restaurant’s workers, according to Grehan. Northern Ireland’s Department of Health is optimistic that an international travel app for those who have been vaccinated will be available this week.