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Gardaí and security companies could check if pubs and nightclubs are adhering to Covid Pass regulation – Varadkar

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has suggested that private security firms could play a role in checking if hospitality businesses are adhering to Covid-19 regulations, such as enforcing the Digital Covid Pass.

Speaking in Brussels today, Varadkar said the Government was looking at ways to ensure the Covid Pass rule is followed.

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“Obviously the Gardaí can be involved because it is a criminal offence not to enforce the law system,” Varadkar said.

“We’re looking at involving the Private Security Agency as well because they’re involved in regulating bouncers, people at the door, and they’re out in the evening so they might be part of the solution as well.”

“But really what I would say to the industry (is) you‘ve been closed for 600 days and we want you to stay open. The best way to do that is by making sure that you run a good house, and that means enforcing the Covid pass,” he continued.

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Varadkar then went on to say that Government cannot rule out implementing new Covid-19 restrictions if the need emerges.

“I’ve always been clear that I thought we’d have to get through at least another winter before we could say that the pandemic was safely behind us,” he said.

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