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Donnelly in favour of ‘urgent sanctions’ for outlets not complying with Covid Pass regulations

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has warned the hospitality sector that the Government intends to get very serious about businesses not complying with regulations.

Donnelly said he favoured the implementation of urgent and rapid sanctions for hospitality businesses not checking peoples vaccine certificates upon entry.

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The Minister further said the Government is considering subsidising antigen tests for the general population. He further said antigen tests for close contacts in schools could be rolled out before Christmas.

Donnelly’s comments come after the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) found that the number of businesses not asking customers for their Digital Covid-19 Certificate doubled in a month.

The research found that 37% of indoor diners in pubs said they were not asked for certification, compared with 21% the previous month.

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In restaurants, 34% of diners were not asked to present their certification upon entry.

Donnelly said that Cabinet has not yet decided on how to respond to the issue, but he said he favoured more robust sanctions for offending businesses.

“We need to get very serious with industry on that,” he said.

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