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Masks, Covid Certs & Physical Distancing Will Continue Taoiseach Suggests

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The Taoiseach has indicated mask wearing, digital Covid certs and social distancing restrictions may continue beyond Friday.

Micheál Martin was speaking ahead of a Cabinet meeting tomorrow morning to decide how to proceed.

Senior sources in Government have said they don’t expect any new restrictions to be brought in this week, despite increasing numbers of new Covid cases, hospitalisations and ICU admissions.

Instead the question is how free will freedom day on Friday actually be? This evening Taoiseach Micheál Martin indicating some restrictions that were due to be eased will be kept:

The continuation of the covid certs is certainly an item on the agenda as is mask wearing and so on. I don’t want to go into specific details about specific aspects of reopening and so on because I think that’s for the government’s consideration. I’m not going to preempt that at this stage.”

A question also remains about the re-opening of nightclubs, which was also due to happen ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

NPHET has been meeting this afternoon to give its recommendation.

A pre-planned meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on climate goes ahead this evening, but many of the same Ministers are on the Covid sub-committee and will be consulted before a meeting of coalition party leaders to decide the way forward.