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NPHET considered ‘full pause’ on Covid-19 restrictions and warned they may be reintroduced

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) advised Government that the country is in an “uncertain and precarious” situation ahead of reopening on October 22nd.

NPHET said the criteria responsible for the majority of restrictions to be lifted have not been met, as cases and hospitalisations are rising.


“It is therefore not recommended to proceed with the easing of public health restrictions on 22nd October as previously planned,” Dr Tony Holohan wrote to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.

The letter outlines that NPHET considered a “full pause” on restrictions, with a review in 3-4 weeks.

However, it noted that this would be unlikely to result in any significant improvement and it did believe it tenable that any pause now would result in a further easing in November.


NPHET recommended that the nightclub sector could reopen, but with strict measures in place, such as using the Covid Vaccine Certificate, as well as mask-wearing in certain scenarios.

NPHET went on to say that the reimposition of restrictions may be warranted if the new public health restrictions don’t have an impact on the epidemiological situation in the country.

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