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Unlock Phase 4 - Opening of Bars - 407/2020

June 18, 2020

In line with UNLOCK PHASE 4, legislation will be published in order that bars may resume business as of 22nd June 2020. Some restrictions will apply and businesses will require a permit from the Director of Public Health before opening. Existing restaurants, cafeterias, or any other catering establishments who now wish to accommodate the bar area of their business, are required to apply.

The Environmental Agency has produced guidelines to assist with the application process. Applicants will be required to submit a Business Operating Processes and Procedures form, a copy of which will be included within the guidelines.

Applications will be considered and permits will only be granted where processes and procedures are deemed satisfactory, so as to minimise the risk of transmission of the infection.

The guidelines and application forms can now be requested from The Environmental Agency via email at or follow the link at

Completed applications can be returned to the same email address.

The guidelines produced by The Environmental Agency are industry-specific and should be read in conjunction with the Director of Public Health’s General Principles for Developing Business Operating Processes and Procedures.