Shaping up for an Outdoor Summer..
Pubs and restaurants are set to get the green light for outdoor seating on the street this summer. According to Independent.ie, the Government is to extend a temporary law allowing customers to drink on the streets outside licensed premises during the summer months.
The legislation was due to expire at the end of this month. However, the extension is geared towards supporting the industry as it continues to recover from the pandemic. Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has confirmed a six-month extension of the legislation, which will now expire at the end of November.
The legislation applies where outdoor seating areas have been permitted by the relevant local authority on public land, such as a path, or where they are on private land abutting the licensed premises, such as an abutting yard
Public transport journeys at highest level since March 2020
The number of bus journeys in Dublin for week starting April 24 was 79% of the level in early March 2020, new CSO figures show. New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that public transport passenger journeys in May climbed to their highest levels since March 2020.
Public transport journeys in the week starting April 24 were 77% of the number taken in early March 2020 in pre-Covid times. Meanwhile, car traffic volumes in Dublin increased by 34% compared with the first week of this year and the CSO said that for the week starting March 28, car traffic volumes in Dublin were only 1% lower than the same week in 2019.
Average weekly volume of cars at selected Dublin sites, 2019 to 2022
The number of bus journeys in Dublin for week starting April 24 was 79% of the level in early March 2020. This compared with 90% for bus journeys outside Dublin and 63% for rail trips, including Intercity and DART services.
In all, 3.7m public transport journeys — excluding the Luas — were taken in the week beginning April 24; the last time that many public transport journeys were taken in one week was the 3.9m journeys taken in the second week of March 2020.
The high number of public transport journeys came ahead of the move from the National Transport Authority (NTA) to drop the price of fares across the system. The NTA said that passenger numbers have already risen on the back of the price reduction, which has seen fares fall 20%.
Luas journeys also rose during 2022, with an increase of 86% between the beginning of January to end of April.
The number of passengers in Dublin airport in April of this year was more than 19 times higher than in April 2021, and 85% of the level seen in the same month in 2019. Dublin airport saw 2,369,286 passengers in April compared with 2,789,660 for the same month in 2019.
It’s all a big change from the last couple of summers as evidenced by trend figures from OpenTable showing numbers dining in restaurants.
A similar picture is presented by Google presents in its Community Mobility Report showing how the number of visitors to leisure retail and recreation destinations has increased since the turn of the year.