A Waterford based company has released a new app that allows companies to document and broadcast their venues' social distancing compliance standards and the availability of space on their premises to their customers in real-time.
Ordee believes the technology will help pubs, restaurants, gyms and other businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors to reopen again.
"Publicans, restauranteurs and so many other business owners throughout the country are chomping at the bit to get back to work, but they are struggling to see how they can maintain compliance standards and still operate their business, while keeping costs down," said Anthony Cronin, who founded Ordee with Criostóir O'Codlatáin Lachtna.
"With Ordee we have basically taken these key obstacles that businesses are facing, developed solutions to address them, and centralised the solutions in one easy to use app."
Through the GPS based software, potential customers can check in real time the available space in outlets where people gather and decide where they can go to socialise safely.
"When the time comes, people will be itching to get out and socialise again but there is a consistent air of concern amongst the public as to how they can do this safely," said Mr Cronin.
"People are cognisant of the fact that they don't want their behaviour, or the behaviour of others, to put themselves or others in jeopardy. The Ordee app is designed to go some way to alleviating these concerns".
The app allows businesses to list themselves as a venue which then appears on a live map.
The firms can put aside certain space on their premises for online bookings and other areas for walk-in customers.
Potential customers can then download the app, see the venues listed in real time and check which has space available, before booking.
Because the app is GPS enabled, when the customers arrive at the venue, it will update the space availability there to reflect this, based on the number of people who are in the group.
The app can also be used to pay for drinks and food.
More than 200 businesses have already signed up to see a demo of the software.
The software was developed based on a product previously developed by Ordee called WOWit in 2016 - 2017 which allowed consumers find things to do in their immediate vicinity.