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Cabinet approves drafting of new laws that combine all emergency Covid-19 powers

Cabinet has approved the drafting of new laws which combine all emergency Covid-19 powers.

The legislation, which includes mask-wearing and Covid-19 passes, is currently spread across four acts which are due to expire on the 9th of January and the 9th of February 2022.

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However, the Government wants to combine all four acts under a single umbrella piece of legislation and have it passed by the Oireachtas before December 16th.

The four acts cover measures such as mask-wearing, Covid-19 passes, mandatory quarantine and Garda enforcement powers, however, a Government spokesperson stated that the plans are to replace the four acts and create one single legislation.

The spokesperson added, “This is to ensure current public health measures can remain in place and State can react to the pandemic”.

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In regards to the duration that the Government will be extending these powers for, the spokesperson said, “The Government will not look to have these additional powers for longer than necessary,”.

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