Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced that nightclubs will reopen from Friday, but venues must check people’s Covid Pass on entry and masks must be worn in certain circumstances.
Speaking after the Cabinet meeting today, Martin said Government had been advised by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) that the epidemiological situation in the country is worsening.
“We’re not where we hoped to be or expected to be,” he said.
Government had hoped to ease the majority of remaining restrictions this Friday, October 22nd, but a recent spike in cases and hospitalisations put the reopening in jeopardy.
“Those sectors due to reopen on 22 October, may now only do so on the basis that all customers must produce their proof of vaccination and identity,” he said.
Martin continued to say that protective measures, such as mask-wearing and social distancing will remain in place until at least February 2022.
“Sectors should ensure appropriate protective measures are in place.”
Specific guidance will be issued to nightclubs in the coming days.
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