COVID-19: Pubs To Stay Shut As...


COVID-19: Pubs To Stay Shut As Phase Four Delayed

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

07:36 4 Aug 2020

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Pubs will not be allowed to re-open next Monday amid concern at the increased rate of spread of the coronavirus.

The Government has agreed to delay the move to phase four of the re-opening of the country as the case numbers continue to rise.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin says he knows the decision is a disappointment to many businesses.

However he says its vital we continue to take a cautious approach.

"Pubs, bars, hotel bars, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed.

"Also the current restrictions on numbers attending indoor and outdoor gatherings will remain unchanged.

"We will review the evidence again in three weeks' time.

"I know that this will come as a blow to pub owners, and I want them to know that I've enormous sympathy for their plight."

The 'green list' of countries for foreign travel has also been reduced from 15 to 10.

The Taoiseach says it's necessary to cut the list because of the spread of the virus.

Cyprus, Malta, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino are being removed from the 'green list' - meaning people who travel here will have to self-isolate on their return to Ireland.

It will also be mandatory for people to wear face coverings in shops and shopping centres from Monday.

Mr Martin says experience shows the public will follow clear advice when necessary.

"Face coverings will be mandatory in shops and shopping centres across the country from the 10th of August.

"As we've seen with face coverings on public transport and the many other requests that have been made of citizens over the course of the pandemic, when people are given a clear direction they follow it".

Mr Martin explained this was due to "deteriorating virus numbers".

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