Pubs offering takeaway drinks should consider closing if large groups are gathering outside their premises, a senior Government official has suggested.
A warning has also been issued around "de facto Christmas parties" which should not go ahead this year.
Restaurants and gastropubs have been urged not to take bookings for multiple restaurant tables while companies should not try to get around the restrictions by doing so.
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The Government is asking businesses not to allow large parties reserve multiple tables, as it goes against the spirit of level 3 restrictions.
Restaurants, cafes and gastro pubs are now allowed serve indoors after restrictions were lifted.
"But really what we are saying to people is don't go in and expect someone to tell you what you can do, you know what you can do.
"So, take a bit of responsibility and I think that's what we are trying to say to people," a senior Government official said.
While the Government is not directing businesses to close if customers gather in large crowds on the streets outside, they would encourage people to "act together".
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It comes after a number of incidences in both Dublin and Cork city centres saw crowds congregate on streets.
The guidance issued to businesses does include direction around smoking areas outside and restaurants are expected to try to control that "at the very least".
The official stressed it is not the responsibility of businesses to shut and it would be a "huge ask" for them to do so.
"We have heard anecdotally of businesses that actually said 'we don't like what we're seeing outside our doors, we're going to close up shop', but what would be really great if they act in consort. I mean that's a huge ask, we do realise that, so nothing is their responsibility. But we do think this weekend is going to set a marker for how we're going to try and do this right."