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Under-18s to be allowed inside bars and restaurants under government plan

A new government plan will grant individuals under the age of 18 access to bars and restaurants if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated individual.

The plan, which is to go before Cabinet on Tuesday, will ensure that families will be able to eat indoors.

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Currently, the government is continuing to work on legislation that will allow fully vaccinated individuals to dine indoors later this month.

Anyone who has fully recovered from Covid-19 will also be allowed to enter the premises.

Tables will be spaced one metre apart while a time limit of 1 hour 45 minutes will be issued per table.

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It is understood that a model, which is similar to the CoronaCheck app that’s used in the Netherlands, will be implemented here.

This system will enable restaurants and bars to download an app that can read QR codes on the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

It is hoped that this system will help resume indoor hospitality before the 24th of July weekend.

Hospitality business will also be subject to inspections if the system is implemented which will lead to business owners being prosecuted if customers enter a premises without a vaccine pass.

The legislation will be discussed next Friday night where the Seanad are expected to pass the bill, which is an amendment of the 1947 Public Health Act.

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