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Earlier closing times for pubs and restaurants may return under plans being considered by Government

Under new plans being considered by the Government; pubs and restaurants may be required to close earlier.

Pods in schools for the use of antigen testing for close contacts are also being considered. It was only at the end of last month when pubs and nightclubs were allowed to resume normal opening times.

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However, under new rules that are currently being discussed by ministers, the hospitality sector will be required to close at midnight.

New plans also suggest that the Covid-19 vaccine pass will be extended beyond the hospitality industry and be used to avail of other services such as barbers, hairdressers and gyms.

Ministers are also set to approve an expansion of the Covid-19 booster campaign for all adults over 50 as the country tackles a fourth wave of the virus.

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Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said that he expects the use of Covid-19 booster vaccines to be extended significantly as the evidence is “incredibly strong”.

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