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Micheál Martin confirms government will have indoor dining reopening plan by July 19th

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that the government will have a plan for reopening indoor hospitality by July 19th but has not provided a date for the reopening.

Martin told reporters that the primary legislation will be required to ensure that there is “solid legal grounding” for the reopening of the sector. He added that the restrictions are in place to protect people and “not to discriminate”.

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A reopening plan was discussed by the hospitality sector and the government on Thursday which resulted in six reopening scenarios being presented to Cabinet for a final decision to be made next Tuesday, according to the Vintners Federation of Ireland.

Publicans stated that the majority of the discussions focussed on creating a system that would only permit vaccinated people and those who have recently recovered from Covid-19 to dine indoors.

This legislation, which has received heavy criticism, will go before the Dáil and Seanad next week.

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It has been noted that these measures will expire when the majority of the population has been vaccinated.

Vintners Federation of Ireland CEO Padraig Cribben stated, “Our primary goal is to get our members reopened in a safe manner both for publicans, their staff and customers. If a so-called vaccine pass is what’s required then the onus is now on Government to get the legislation passed next week before the Oireachtas takes its summer break.”

He added that legal issues have yet to be resolved but the federation has remained insistent that pubs need to reopen on the 19th of July.

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