Liam Edwards, owner of Jim Edwards restaurant, Kinsale, said the new guidelines were welcome, but that a lot of questions still remain.
Such questions include whether staff are required to wear PPE, what group sizes will be allowed, how many people from different households will be allowed to dine together, and if there will be a requirement to take the contact details of all members of a party, and if such a move is allowed under GDPR.
“The health side is ok and we are all getting Covid ready, but a lot of questions that still need to be answered,' he said.
Jim Edwards provides family-style dining, and Mr Edwards said that businesses like his will find guidance around plating meals individually difficult.
Mr Edwards said he also remains concerned about the advice around maintaining two-metre physical distancing.
“Unless we can go from two metres to one metre I can’t see businesses being viable,” he said.