No further deaths from COVID-19 reported

Drinking on Dublin streets criticised
  • Deborah Condon

No further deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the Republic, leaving the number of deaths here at 1,741.

However, a further 18 cases of the virus have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,527.

Earlier, the Licenses Vintners Association (LVA), which represents publicans in Dublin, condemned the scenes of drinking that took place in Dublin city centre on Saturday night.

Videos circulating on social media showed packed streets, with many people drinking alcohol that they had purchased as takeout from nearby pubs.

The LVA said that the scenes "were in no way acceptable and completely jeopardise public health, given the lack of social distancing observed".

"We are reminding pubs who are serving takeout of their responsibilities. Legal advice issued by the Gardaí in May said that any drinks purchased as takeaways must be consumed more than 100 metres from the pub which sold the alcohol. The advice also indicated the Gardaí have the power to confiscate drink being consumed on the road or in a public place.

"We are also aware that members of the public are bringing alcohol purchased from off-licences with them to these locations. Such drinking in public spaces presents a terrible image of our city centre. It is potentially extremely damaging to public health. It also has a negative impact on the efforts being made by responsible businesses who are beginning the process of recovery," the LVA stated.

It added that it "fully supports" measures taken by Gardaí to deal with these issues.

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