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Government to meet hospitality sector for discussion on ‘Covid Pass’ compliance

Government officials are to meet with representatives from the hospitality sector today to discuss the level of compliance with regulations.

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) revealed last week that the percentage of people not having their Digital Covid-19 Certificates checked upon entry to pubs 37% in October, while 34% were not asked in restaurants.

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Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) Adrian Cummins said today that the hospitality sector should not be used as a “scapegoat” for rising cases across the country.

Cummins said he believes members of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) should be present at today’s meeting, saying they have not been present at any meeting with the industry since the beginning of the pandemic.

“We’ve asked for them to be in the room so we could speak directly to them. Now, we did have officials from the Department of Health when the Covid pass was developed but ever since we have never had a direct conversation with either health officials or NPHET,” he said.

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the bottom line is there needs to be maximum compliance with the existing restrictions in place.

He said he expected there to be “constructive engagement” with the industry today.

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