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Ministers to proceed with reopening plans throughout autumn and winter

Ministers are to proceed with plans to remove any remaining Covid-19 restrictions throughout the autumn and winter.

Cabinet members are set to meet on Friday in order to finalise a plan with set timelines for the reopening of the arts and live entertainment sectors.

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Additionally, there will be reopening plans set for religious services, indoor sports, workplaces, indoor events, as well as leisure outlets.

As approximately 85% of Irish adults are now fully vaccinated, Cabinet sources state that there is a strong case to be made in relation to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will be meeting on Wednesday to finalise its advice to the government.

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Recently, tensions have resurfaced between the government and NPHET, as ministers express their views on the high vaccine uptake, stating that it’s not fully being taken into consideration.

The reopening of schools will also proceed, with every school receiving carbon dioxide monitors to improve ventilation inside the buildings which will prevent the spread of the virus.

In an attempt to reassure parents and teachers that the reopening of schools can be achieved in a safe manner, Minister for Education Norma Foley has asked NPHET for information in relation to the role that antigen testing can play in the coming year.

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