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Leo Varadkar confirms exception for unvaccinated hospitality staff as Cabinet signs off on legislation

Leo Varadkar has confirmed that an exception will apply for unvaccinated hospitality staff as Government signs off on legislation for the reopening of indoor hospitality.

Under the legislation, only those who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 within the past six months will be granted access.

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However, issues emerged surrounding staff working in indoor hospitality sectors, who are mainly younger adults, and who likely will have not yet been fully vaccinated.

Varadkar confirmed that younger unvaccinated hospitality workers will be allowed to get a drink or have a meal in their workplace.

“They will of course be able to get a drink or have a meal after or before work in the place in which they work.”

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Varadkar went on to say that indoor dining could reopen as early as some day next week.

The legislation which was signed off by Cabinet yesterday will run until October 9th, when any extension must be approved by the Dáil and the Seanad.

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