Tánaiste Leo Varadkar spoke at a post-Cabinet briefing this afternoon where he stated that communions and confirmations were “off, unfortunately”.
It was recommended by a senior HSE official that some dioceses should defer communions and confirmations until September in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated that the number of people who are allowed to attend weddings is now 50 and will come into effect next Monday.
The rules state that up to 50 people may attend a ceremony, in either an outdoor or indoor environment, but only 25 people will be permitted to attend a wedding reception after the ceremony.
In regards to the attendance capacity increasing at weddings; the Taoiseach stated, “Given its very special nature, the number of guests attending weddings can increase to 50 as planned” while adding that a return to other activities such as hospitality will be delayed.
The Taoiseach confirmed that the reopening of indoor hospitality is to be delayed following an assessment from the National Public Health Emergency Team about the potential spread of the Delta variant.
NPHET also advised the government that indoor dining could return for fully vaccinated individuals before a wider reopening at a later point.