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Nightclubs Can Re-Open With Restrictions, NPHET Tells Government

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

09:41 19 Oct 2021


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The Government has confirmed NPHET has recommended nightclubs can re-open, but with restrictions in place.

Cabinet ministers are meeting this morning to decide whether to delay some of the re-opening of society that's planned for Friday.

The use of Digital COVID Certs is likely to be extended, with mask-wearing and social distancing to continue in some indoor settings.

While fully vaccinated close contacts of a confirmed case will be sent antigen tests under plans to be agreed at Cabinet.

Up until now, people didn't have to have a test if they had been fully vaccinated and were a close contact.

It's also emerged new modelling suggests up to 1,000 people could be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 by the end of November if restrictions were fully lifted.

Speaking on his way into Cabinet, Taoiseach Micheál Martin says they have to be careful.

"We are in a much different position to that of last year, we have re-opened significant sectors of society with significant impact on our economy - to the better.

"I think we need to protect all of that and we need to proceed with caution over the next number of months to defeat this virus".


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