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POLL: Should the ‘Covid Pass’ be extended for indoor dining beyond October 22nd?

The majority of remaining restrictions imposed in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic are due to be lifted on Friday, October 22nd.

However, a recent spike in cases has caused members of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and the Government to cast doubt on the full reopening in recent days.

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Some ministers have suggested in recent days that the “Covid Pass” for indoor dining, which was due to be lifted on Friday, could be extended.

The CEO of the HSE Paul Reid has said that the rise in cases does not warrant a “red panic button” response.

Government has acknowledged that the country will not go backwards, in terms of imposing stricter measures or lockdowns again, but numerous ministers have spoke cautiously about the October 22nd reopening.

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The country is in a hugely different position that it was prior to vaccinations, and with over 90% of the adult population vaccinated against the virus, there is a huge level of protection in the Irish population.

Taking all of this into account, should the ‘Covid Pass’ be extended for indoor dining beyond October 22nd?

Or, should it be eliminated as planned?

Should the 'Covid Pass' be extended for indoor dining beyond October 22nd?

IMAGE – “Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)/ PA Images

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