Bars and restaurants in the Republic of Ireland resumed their indoor service today, July 26, for those vaccinated and who have recovered from COVID-19. Customers are not subject to time limits, and the closing time for the establishments is 23:30 Irish local time. Those under 18 are allowed entry but only if accompanied by their vaccinated parents or guardians. The Irish government has been developing an app for hospitality business owners to check their customers’ European Union (EU) Digital COVID Certifications. More than two million citizens in Ireland got their certificates last week, which contain QR codes by email and post. Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin says that the country’s vaccination program is rolling out “very effectively,” but warns people to stay alert: “We have all got to adhere to the guidelines no matter how tired we are of this.”

The original plan to reopen bars and restaurants in Ireland on July 5 was postponed at the end of June. Manager Alan Grehan of the Sprezzatura restaurant in Dublin believes that this will reduce the risks of getting infected. Grehan says that checking for certifications will become “second nature” for the restaurant’s staff. The Department of Health in Northern Ireland is confident that an international travel app will be ready this week for those who are vaccinated.