Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government is “not contemplating going backwards” on Covid-19 restrictions.
Martin said the reintroduction of restrictions is off the table, but noted a decision on this Friday’s reopening plan has yet to be made.
“We do not want to go back, and we are not contemplating going backwards,” he said.
“The only issue facing us now is going forward and that is a decision we will make on the advice we receive from NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team).”
NPHET are meeting today to discuss and asses the epidemiological situation of the virus in the country, before giving recommendations to the Cabinet Covid-19 sub-committee on Covid-19.
Cabinet will then make a final decision tomorrow regarding the reopening plans for October 22nd.
Government has indicated that the use of the Digital Covid-19 Certificate for indoor dining may be retained beyond Friday.
Likewise, the reopening of nightclubs is in jeopardy, with it being suggested that the sector may reopen on a staggered basis and may require use of the Digital Covid-19 Certificate.
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