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Major removal of restrictions still likely next week – Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has stated that the significant removal of restrictions at the end of next week is still likely.

Minister Coveney said that the extent to which the government would be able to move would be determined by public health advice in relation to case numbers.

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The proposed removal of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions is scheduled to take place on the 22nd of October which would see the removal of social distancing, mask-wearing in outdoor settings as well as indoor private settings.

Measures that will remain are isolating when displaying symptoms of Covid-19, mask-wearing in healthcare settings, indoor retail and public transport.

However, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has expressed doubt over the easing of restrictions on this date due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases.

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Coveney stated that the government wants to move ahead with the removal of restrictions but have expressed concern over the rising cases.

He told RTÉ news, “I don’t think the Government will abandon plans to remove restrictions at the end of next week, but whether or not we are able to (relax restrictions) as much as we would have liked is the question, and we are watching very closely the number of people in hospital, the pressure on the health system and, of course, the continuing presence of Covid across society,”.

IMAGE – “Simon Carbery Coveney” (CC BY 2.0) by EU2017EE

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