Normality is creeping back into society once again - but the tricky subject of the Irish pubs has reached bizarre new heights.
From Monday, June 29 the reopening of Irish pubs can once again get underway. According to Failte Ireland, who have received guidance from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, pubs and sit-in restaurants across the country can reopen as long as they stick to strict new guidelines.
The most important factors are that pubs will have to offer patrons a "substantial meal", the price of which shouldn't be under €9, if they wish to reopen on this date; and customers wishing to stay less than 90 minutes in a pub can reduce the social distance between other customers to one metre, after which time it goes back up to the usual two metres. Confusing stuff.
Also, Leo Varadkar has said that up to 5,000 people could meet in outdoor gatherings from September if the current dip in cases continues.
Here's some of the best responses to the news of the reopening of Irish pubs that we've spotted on Twitter, where the memes are always strong.
Is the term "A Feed of Pints" now defunct? #pubs
— Gearoid Kelly (@sQueezeboxkelly) June 17, 2020
Paddy Irishman, Paddy Englishman and Paddy Scotsman walked into a pub.
Paddy Irishman could only stay
Yes, that’s the joke. #Pubs
— Bob. B. (@Oirisheye) June 17, 2020
-Every 90 minutes you have to switch pub
-You have to eat a meal in every pub you enter
-If you get within two metres of someone else you can't drink
The rules for the #pubs reopening after Coronavirus just seem like a really weird drinking game
— Padraig Nestor (@nestorpadraig2) June 17, 2020
U know, there are some people who'd argue that two pints of Guinness make a whole meal #pubs
— . (@Goggouts) June 17, 2020
The Irish Government:
Pubs can open in June as long as all drinks served have been brewed beside a burning tree under a full moon at midnight.
Customers can stay 90mins if they are the 3rd born child of a camogie stick and know all the words to Breathless by the Corrs.
— Caolán Mc Aree (@Caolanmcaree) June 17, 2020
Visual interpretation of the Government guidelines for re opening #pubs "sorry sir your 90mins are up, no problem Mr barman I'll just go out the backdoor, come back in the front door and you can sit me at a new table for another 90" pic.twitter.com/k8h0JDnNHQ
— Paudie Ireland 🇮🇪 (@IrelandPaudie) June 17, 2020
Packet of bacon fries with two complimentary pints
— Dave Kelly - we're all in this together (@DKellyOriginal) June 17, 2020
— HaPenny Bridge Inn (@HapennyBridgeIn) June 16, 2020
Romantic meal for two in Irish pubs - €18 from June 29. pic.twitter.com/dtzfqGwF83
— Martyn Rosney (@rosney) June 16, 2020
Pubs trying to get away without selling a substantial meal pic.twitter.com/L5g5NuvPIa
— Ireland Simpsons Fans (@iresimpsonsfans) June 17, 2020
Packed it Tayto gonna up in pubs €9 when they reopen 😂 pic.twitter.com/Ibc3NQmXsr
— Alan Finn (@AlanFinn16) June 16, 2020
All this talk of pubs reopening reminds me of this. pic.twitter.com/q1LlDFOWqN
— Trinity Collidge Guy (@GlassHalfArsed) June 17, 2020
— Declan Coyle (@DeclanCoyle1) June 17, 2020