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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Indoor dining reopening an area of concern, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that the reopening of indoor hospitality on the 5th of July is an area of concern due to the increase of the Delta variant.

It is becoming increasingly likely that the government will delay the reopening of indoor hospitality with concerns that the next date for reopening will not take place until late autumn.

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Although case numbers and hospitalisations are on the decrease, officials believe that the Delta variant will account for more than half of the infections by mid-July and 90% in August.

NPHET have cautioned that reopening could still go as planned but sources say that it was highly likely that an extension would be advised.

Martin stated that we’ve had a very successful and effective reopening but added that the country has reopened in a cautious and progressive manner.

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The Taoiseach stated, “What I’ve said consistently is that anything we open, we want to keep open, the Chief Medical Officer was in discussions with me yesterday – he is concerned about the Delta variant.”

When asked if indoor hospitality would reopen on the 5th of July, Martin stated that he couldn’t speculate today but that it’s an area of concern for the government.

In regards to the Delta variant, Martin stated “We will obviously keep this under close monitoring and we will need to be very vigilant.”

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