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Indoor dining likely to reopen between 19-26th of July, says Varadkar

According to Tániaste Leo Varadkar, indoor dining is likely to reopen between the 19th and 26th of July.

The Tánaiste spoke outside the count centre at the RDS in Dublin yesterday where he stated that the 19th of July would be the earliest possible date for reopening indoor hospitality while the 26th of July would be the latest.

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He added that the 19th is the target date that the government will try to reach while stating, “I think we can do it before 26th,” as the sector is eager to reopen as soon as possible.

New legislation is to be brought to Cabinet next week, where the possibility of permitting vaccinated individuals and people who have recently recovered from Covid-19 to dine indoors will be discussed.

It is understood that the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) will be used as a vaccine pass for indoor dining.

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Despite this pass also permitting people who have a negative PCR test to travel around the EU, only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to dine indoors.

Although the legislation has been criticised amongst government TDs, it is expected to be passed if it’s backed by indoor hospitality representatives.

Strong opposition towards this legislation has been expressed by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) who stated that there would be issues regarding equality, data protection and privacy laws.

The ICCL has also been opposed to vaccine passports since they were first introduced last year.

ICCL Executive Director Liam Herrick stated, “We cannot set a precedent whereby government can declare that problems with its own re-opening timetable constitute an emergency, which would justify ignoring serious and complex issues of workers’ rights, equality law, privacy, and data protection. Human rights law is there to protect us all. We cannot dispense with it when faced with political dilemmas.”

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