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Reopening Your Hospitality Sector Business and Returning to Work

by Mark Byrne | 4 min read

June 17th, 2020

As our economy begins to emerge from restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19, your business may be faced with a range of risk factors associated
with restarting.

This document provides guidelines on ensuring a safe environment and a series of risk prevention recommendations to minimise the risk of damage to property on reopening.

The guidelines are not intended as a substitute for The Return to Work Safely Protocol and should be read in conjunction with the latest Government Publications, Public Health Measures and Health Advice on ‘Roadmap for Opening Society and Business’. 

Formal guidance on reopening your hospitality business is available from Failte Ireland.

Employers, business owners and managers are required to ensure a safe workplace for their employees and for visiting customers.

The ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’ must be used by all workplaces to adapt their procedures and practices to comply with the COVID-19 related public health protection measures.

If your employees are currently working from home, please refer to this useful guidance from the Health & Safety Authority on your key responsibilities ‘.

The Health and Safety Authority has published a COVID-19 Response Plan Template and seven checklists to guide employers and employees on what they need to do to comply with the Government’s Return to Work Safely Protocol. Link attached.

Key Responsibilities

Building Protection Measures

Useful Links

Health & Safety Authority
Health Service Executive

Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)
NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) COVID-19 Workplace Protection and Improvement Guide
Construction Industry Federation


The information contained herein is not meant to imply that every possible hazard has been identified, or that no other hazards or hazardous conditions exist. Allianz plc specifically disclaims any warranty or representation that compliance with any advice contained herein will make any premises or
operations safe or comply with any health standards, law, rule or regulation. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as indicating the existence or availability of coverage under any policy for any property or type of loss or damage.

About the author

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Mark Byrne

Worked as a Risk Surveyor for Allianz Ireland since 2000 and has worked in the insurance industry for 35 years.