Pubs will be allowed to reopen on 29 June if they serve "substantial" meals costing not less than €9, according to new guidelines being prepared by Fáilte Ireland.

Any food offering will be required to be a substantial meal (as defined by the Intoxicating Liquor Act 1962: "the meal is such as might be expected to be served as a main midday or evening meal or as a main course in either such meal").

It will also be required to be of a kind for which "it would be reasonable to charge not less than €9".

In a statement, Fáilte Ireland said it had received guidance from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre entitled 'Covid-19: Guidance for Food Service Businesses'.

The detailed guidance is aimed at facilitating the safe reopening of food service businesses from 29 June, including pubs.

Fáilte Ireland said it is working through the guidance document in consultation with officials from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport "to seek clarity on some aspects" for the hospitality sector.

The guidelines refer to various measures and arrangements, including a potential reduction of the current two metre physical distancing restriction to one metre in certain circumstances.

Fáilte Ireland's updated guidelines for pubs (which include pubs, gastro pubs and bars) will be published in the coming days.

The guidelines will state that from 29 June, pubs that serve food and meet other features expected of a restaurant may reopen.