Pubs and bars that operate as restaurants can reopen from Monday, June 29, and one-metre social distancing may be allowed.
However, a limit of 90 minutes per customer and mandatory pre-booking may be imposed, according to a draft document drawn up by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
Fáilte Ireland has said customers will likely be required to purchase a minimum €9 meal.
Ernest Cantillon, who owns Electric and Sober Lane, toldthe restrictions will be very difficult to enforce, especially during live sports screenings.
The publican also said the time restriction encourages higher turnover, and does not promote responsible drinking.
“We will have more people coming through our doors and some people will be trying to drink as much as they can within their 90 minutes.”
Mr Cantillon said he realised there must be some reasoning for the guideline but said he didn’t understand it.
Cork City chairperson of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, Michael O’Donovan, said he is frustrated by the lack of time given to pubs to prepare to reopen under the new guidelines.