Further lifting of Covid restrictions this Friday

The Government announced a revised reopening plan earlier this week which will see the further easing of Covid-19 restrictions from this Friday (October 22nd).

  The new plan will see the reopening of the remaining sectors of the hospitality, entertainment and night-time economy including a return to normal trading hours for pubs and the reopening of nightclubs for the first time in 18 months.

The reopening, however, is subject to the full range of protective measures being in place including social distancing, facemasks, and the requirement for a Covid vaccination or recovery certificate for indoor hospitality and events.

Table service will be maintained in hospitality settings with ten adults per table now permitted. Contact tracing will continue while all indoor events must be fully seated.

Sporting events can now return to full capacity as too can religious services and weddings albeit with full protective measures in place.

The return to workplaces will continue on a cautious basis but the requirement for hotel and home quarantine following travel to certain countries will be stood down. Proof of vaccination, immunity or a negative PCR test as well as a passenger locator form will still be required.

The new plan for the reopening of society has so far been met with mixed reviews with the Vintners Federation of Ireland describing the retention of table service in pubs as “another devastating blow” for the sector.