An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stood by Cabinets decision yesterday to delay the reopening of indoor hospitality.
Those who are vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 over the past nine months will only be granted permission to dine indoors.
Martin told the Dáil that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) gave the Government stark warnings about the Delta variant.
He went on to claim that it remains to be proven whether the link between cases and hospitalisations has been broken.
“We don’t want to divide society. We want to protect people,” Martin said.
Those in the hospitality sector have been highly critical of the Government’s reopening plans, labeling them as unworkable and discriminatory.