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Dáil extends law allowing vaccine passes for indoor dining to January

The Dáil has approved the extension of legislation that gives emergency powers to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly to introduce vaccine passports for indoor dining until January 9th.

The government has stressed that the requirement to present a vaccine pass to dine indoors and other activities will be lifted on the 22nd of October.

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The “precautionary” measure gives the Health Minister the power to re-impose the regulations.

With legislation setting out that only one extension can be made under the Health Act, it was decided to extend it to January, according to sources.

Sources also indicate that the government was briefed that “winter is coming” and that it’s best to have the powers in “reserve” in case they have to re-impose restrictions.

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In relation to restaurants and pubs being able to use their own discretion and ask their customers to present proof of vaccination after October 22nd, a government spokesperson stated, “No, as these provisions also need a regulation signed by the Minister responsible to bring it into force. The Minister for Health will sign a regulation to cover October 9 to October 22,”.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan briefed the government that Ireland is on course to lifting all restrictions, with the exception of wearing face masks in certain environments, on the 22nd of October.

IMAGE – Stephen Donnelly (via Twitter)/IMAGE – “Cheers! Dublin Style” by Zach Dischner is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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