The planned reopening of indoor hospitality is to be delayed until July 19th at the earliest.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the ‘safest way’ to allow indoor hospitality to return is to limit access to those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have had Covid-19 in the past nine months.
“NPHET’s clear advice based on the modelling it has done is that, given the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant, the safest way to now proceed with return to indoor hospitality is to limit access to those who have been fully vaccinated, or have recovered from Covid infection,” Martin said.
Restaurant and pub owners have labelled the move as “unworkable”. Those in the hospitality sector have not been allowed open their doors for indoor dining for six months.
Issues have also been raised regarding peoples civil liberties, as they will ultimately be refused entry if they have not received a Covid-19 vaccine.
It is currently unclear as to how this will be achieved, with Micheál Martin saying that Government will work with relevant stakeholders over the coming weeks.