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Further restrictions are not being ruled out – Taoiseach

As some Covid-19 restrictions were reimposed yesterday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that further restrictions are not being ruled out.

The new restrictions were reimposed for the first time since the start of the year to ensure that a lockdown is not implemented by Christmas.

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Martin said that a “collective effort” was needed to tackle the virus and that it “remains to be seen” whether further restrictions will be required in the coming weeks.

He attributed the vaccination programme and the booster campaign to why we are not currently in lockdown, however, he added, “We are not ruling out any further measures and NPHET can come back at any particular time”.

Yesterday’s reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions included a midnight curfew on the hospitality sector, which comes just less than four weeks after pubs and nightclubs were allowed to reopen.

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Other measures included working from home and avoiding travelling to work unless absolutely necessary, while vaccine passes were extended to theatres and cinemas.

Although theatres and cinemas were already checking vaccine passes beforehand, it has now been signed into law under measures agreed by ministers.

Additionally, household close contacts of people who test positive for Covid-19 will have to get a PCR test to restrict their movements for five days even if they are fully vaccinated.

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