Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government will crackdown on enforcing hospitality businesses are complying with the Digital Covid-19 Certificate regulation.
Martin said he will take a personal interest in ensuring certs and identification are being checked across the hospitality sector upon entry to indoor settings.
“I’ll be looking for more regular compliance reports in respect of adherence to the presentation of Digital Covid Certs and other protective measures, and I have asked my secretary-general to compile that report,” he said.
A cross-department meeting is taking place today on compliance with hospitality regulations.
Martin said it is not sufficient that one-third of hospitality businesses aren’t enforcing the Digital Covid-19 Certificate measure.
“The survey results I have and the enforcement data we have both say the same thing, that about two in every three pubs or restaurants are enforcing and that one in three is not. That is not OK, it is not acceptable for that one in three,” he said.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly also said there is a need for better enforcement measures, and said the hospitality sector “needs to do the right thing”.
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