The Government is set to finalise protocols tomorrow to allow the re-opening of nightclubs and music venues as well as the holding of the Cork Jazz Festival this weekend.
Senior Government sources have confirmed that socially distanced queues at bar counters are likely to be allowed in new guidelines to help bars deal with staffing issues.
No congregating at counters is permitted as an emphasis on table service will continue.
Ahead of the Cork Jazz Festival, a fresh emphasis is being placed on the role of Covid certs and there will be a need to enforce the use of the certs this weekend.
It has also been suggested that capacity limits could pave the way for standing crowds at live events, but this has not been finalised.
Government sources have also confirmed that people will be able to book more than one table in bars and restaurants.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin told his parliamentary meeting that the guidance will be practical and common sense will have to apply.
Speaking earlier, Arts and Tourism Minister Catherine Martin has said anomalies surrounding the reopening of nightclubs and live music venues will be ironed out before Friday.
She said she expects to have the matter resolved on Thursday.
Government officials have been meeting with lobby groups on behalf of the hospitality sector on Wednesday afternoon to discuss anomalies that have arisen ahead of the re-opening of venues including nightclubs.
Speaking in Dublin on Wednesday, Ms Martin said that she was engaging with industry figures to clarify and finalise protocols to pave the way for the easing of restrictions from Friday, October 22.
“My message to those who are engaged, to promoters, to venues, and to musicians, is to bear with us for another 24 hours. I am confident we will have a solution,” she said.
She said nightclubs were reopening without the antigen testing and at 100% capacity.
She said that people would not have to wear masks when dancing or when drinking.
“We are working on the guidelines on everything else with the sector. That engagement is happening with the night-time economy sector.”
Asked if she accepted responsibility for the anomalies that have arisen, she replied that at “every twist and turn in this pandemic, especially every opening time, there seems to be complications.”
Representatives from the Restaurants Association, Hotel Federation and the two Publican associations met with officials from the Department of Tourism, and the Department of Enterprise, at 3pm.