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Bid to ease restrictions for live music sector to face opposition

A bid to ease the current Covid-19 restrictions on the live music sector is to face opposition from public health officials, as well as from within the government this week.

Minister for Arts Catherine Martin made the bid and is seeking backing for the full reopening of indoor events for vaccinated people.

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She also wants the reopening of other indoor arts such as drama and dance classes in September. Her proposals were outlined in a note that was sent to government figures ahead of meetings that are due to take place this week.

In the proposals, she advocates for a reopening of live events from the earliest possible date.

Heavy criticism has emerged from the arts and entertainment sector as 40,000 spectators were allowed to gather at Croke Park to attend Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final while live events still remain closed.

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Government figures have expressed concerns over the reopening of live entertainment as infection numbers continue to rise, as well as the government placing the majority of its focus on reopening schools and colleges.

Public health officials along with senior government officials also remain opposed to eliminating social distancing guidelines for live events.

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