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Cabinet to sign off on plans for reopening indoor hospitality

The Cabinet is due to sign off on plans to reopen indoor hospitality tomorrow afternoon.

The Cabinet meeting follows detailed discussions between ministers, senior officials and hospitality representatives which took place throughout the weekend.

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The legislation will allow vaccinated individuals as well as those who have fully recovered from Covid-19 to dine indoors and is expected to be passed by the Dáil and Seanad before the end of the week.

The bill is an amendment of the 1947 Public Health Act which will most likely be passed on Friday night and will be subsequently signed by President Michael D. Higgins. Once signed, the bill will come into operation.

It’s expected that Higgins will sign the legislation during the week beginning Monday, July 19th and before Friday, July 23rd.

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People under the age of 18 will also be granted access to indoor hospitality once accompanied by a fully vaccinated individual.

The legislation will also reference the role that antigen testing will play in hospitality during the summer and autumn.

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