Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that “nothing can be ruled out” in relation to Covid-19.
The Cabinet Committee will meet tomorrow evening before a full meeting takes place on Tuesday.
The latest advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will be considered, which includes extending the use of Covid-19 vaccine passes.
Ministers are currently seeking further information in relation to where the passes can be extended outside of indoor hospitality.
Speculation suggests that they may be implemented for hairdressers, barbers and gyms.
Martin also stated that the Government will be considering advice from NPHET in regards to working from home and will make decisions according to that advice early next week.
Acknowledging the many benefits of reopening society, Martin stated that the highly-transmissible Delta variant is having an impact on hospitals and the health service.
“We can never rule out having to take measures to reduce that impact.”
Martin added that the language of lockdowns must be looked at differently as Ireland is in a different position as to where it was last year.
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