Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Ireland will continue to reopen indoor hospitality in a “cautious and safe way.”
Martin noted that people of all ages should be concerned about the Delta variant and that “compliance officers” will be used to police indoor hospitality settings once the sector reopens for vaccinated people.
“We want to get the balance right between managing to suppress the virus, and getting jobs in the economy back going again,” he said.
“Compliance is something that we all have to buy into. Government has to create a framework that’s sensible in terms of a compliance framework and compliance officers working with industry to ensure that this is done in a compliant way,” he continued.
“I think people understand what Government is doing here. They understand the rationale and the motivation behind this. And I think people will comply with it.”
In the first phase of reopening indoor hospitality, only those who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 within the past six months will be granted access.