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Forged indoor dining certs could result in €2,000 fine or month in jail

People who are caught forging a Covid-19 certificate in order to gain access to indoor dining could face a €2,000 fine or a month in jail.

This is part of new legislation that will be agreed upon by the Cabinet.

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Under this new legislation, fully vaccinated individuals, as well as people who have fully recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months, will be allowed to dine indoors.

This same group of people will also be allowed to travel internationally for non-essential reasons.

The main form of documentation that will be used is the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC), however, other forms of medical documentation can be used but the details are still being discussed.

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Information on customers will not be retained by pubs, restaurants or cafés once they can show proof of vaccination or immunity. Once this new system is in place, it will be monitored by the Health Service Executive.

Gardaí will be called to intervene in serious breaches of the new law. If businesses are found in breach of the law, gardaí will be able to apply to the District Court for emergency closure orders.

Indoor dining passes will be in place for three months until October 9th but can be extended beyond that date.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly stated that the new laws will operate “no longer than is necessary” as they are only exclusive to people with immunity.

Although the initial duration will be three months, an extension can be enabled if the behaviour of the virus requires it at that time.

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