NPHET are to meet next week to discuss the possibility of easing restrictions for pubs and restaurants at the end of this month.
Possible Easing Of Restrictions
This also comes after the Government agreed to sign off on measures including testing, isolation and close contacts.
These measures mean that anyone who has received the booster vaccine or has received two vaccines and recently recovered from Covid will no longer have to isolate if deemed a close contact.
Anyone who tests positive for the virus will only have to isolate for 7 days instead of 10. People aged between 4 and 39 will no longer be able to get a PCR test. They can consider a positive Antigen test as confirming that they were affected.
The Taoiseach has also said that the country’s booster programme has provided “some comfort” in managing the risks of easing the rules regarding close contacts.
He also said that the Government were making this decision due to the pressure on education, healthcare and businesses.
The Cabinet are to meet after this NPHET meeting to consider their advice, before deciding to ease any restrictions.
“In terms of the restrictions on hospitality, again those restrictions introduced before Christmas are out to the end of the month”, the Taoiseach said.
“We will consider it then. We will get advice. NPHET will meet around the 20th and we should be getting advice from NPHET in respect of those restrictions”.