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Government considering extending ‘Covid Passport’ for indoor activities beyond October 22nd

The use of the Digital Covid-19 Certificates for indoor hospitality and other activities may be extended beyond October 22nd, under plans being considered by Government.

The Government planned to ease the ban on October 22nd for unvaccinated people, but it appears the measure may remain as cases took an unexpected rise.

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Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said the Government will consider extending the measures, even though they are due to expire next Friday.

“I would think we should be asking more nuanced question of each other and of Government and of public health – how can you safely reopen something and keep it open? So, for example, on the 22nd of October, vaccine certs were due to no longer be required,” Harris said.

Harris said if vaccine certs were to “stay a little bit longer” then sectors may be able to stay open safely.

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The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is due to meet early next week to assess the epidemiological situation in the country and then give a recommendation to Government.

Cabinet will then decide whether to proceed as planned, or adapt the restrictions.

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