The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended to Government that the use of the Digital Covid-19 Certificate, mask-wearing and social distancing should remain in place beyond October 22nd.
NPHET said there is some scope to allow sectors which are currently closed to reopen, but only if there is strict measures in place.
A meeting between the coalition party leaders – Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan – took place last night, ahead of Cabinet’s final decision today.
Government sources have indicated that the advice from NPHET gives some space to ease further restrictions, but only if the enforcement of vaccine passes, social distancing and mask-wearing remains in place.
The majority of remaining restrictions were due to be lifted this Friday, but a recent spike in cases and hospitalisations has caused public doctors and politicians to cast doubt on the reopening in recent days.
Cabinet will finalise plans for the reopening on October 22nd today.
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