A bill that will amend the 1947 Public Health Act is to go before the Dáil and Seanad next week which will allow fully vaccinated individuals to dine indoors.
However, the measures will expire once the majority of the population has been fully vaccinated.
In relation to the reopening of indoor hospitality, it’s understood that the 26th of July is being viewed as the more realistic date to reopen the sector rather than the 19th of July.
Vintners’ Federation of Ireland CEO Padraig Cribben stated that it is still possible for pubs to reopen on July 19th if the political will is still there.
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson David Cullinane expressed concerns over the “two-tier” reopening while stating, “It may cause practical difficulties and will be seen as unfair.”
He added that we will have to see what plan is used but said that it has to be a safe reopening for all.
Padraig Cribben stated that some of the uncertainties that publicans had have been tackled following talks with the government yesterday.
However, there are still uncertainties and difficulties that surround how publicans will be able to manage who can enter their premises and who can’t.