Lahart calls on Dublin local authorities to relax rules around street furniture

Published on: 01 June 2020

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Dublin John Lahart has called on the city’s four local authorities to relax their rules and allow cafes and restaurants to put tables and chairs on the space outside them.

He says this could provide a much needed boost for struggling businesses, particularly during this spell of good weather.

Deputy Lahart explained, “I see Limerick city has started a trial allowing restaurants to provide street tables in a bid to help their business, which has been so badly affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. I believe Dublin should be following this example – all efforts have to be made to help our cafes, restaurants and small shops recover from this massive hit.

“I am calling on the four local authorities to relax their ruled around street furniture and see how the initiative fares.

“We need to reduce, in as far is as possible, the number of people gathering at one time. The more outlets that are open, the greater variety people have and this should cut down on long queues at peak times. The addition of extra outdoor space would also help.

“We should also be looking at ways to stagger lunch and break times for workers to try and prevent large queues forming at certain times; this would also lessen the number of groups gathering at particular times. Councils could engage with major employers in their areas to see if they could implement such a policy”.