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Proof of vaccination not needed for return to office – Taoiseach

Those returning to the office will not be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to go back to work, according to Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Speaking at the National Show Centre in Swords, where vaccinations are taking place, the Taoiseach stated that the return to the office was a return to livelihoods.

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Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan stated that he expects many workers to return to the office by September as further Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

While adding that the country’s vaccination programme will allow further reopening, the return to the office will be amongst the first considerations.

Ryan noted that the return to offices will be achieved “on a hybrid basis” as well as in a gradual and safe manner.

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“What’s next? It has to be the return to work and to college. We are already back in school, but we need real-life return,” said Mr. Ryan while adding that the government will start planning for the return to creative and cultural sectors in the coming weeks, to which he said has been one of the worst-hit industries during the pandemic.

In regards to the return of live music and entertainment events, Ryan stated that the government is considering the use of the EU Digital Covid Certificate for such events, which could possibly resume in August.

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