Ireland announces new restrictions for bars and restaurants after warning risks are ‘just too high’
Ireland has reintroduced restrictions to combat the risk posed by the Omicron Covid variant.
However the government stopped short of cancelling Christmas but has restricted interactions in private settings to four households.
Nightclubs will be closed from next Tuesday until 9 January; strict social distancing will be required in bars and restaurants with mandatory table service and a maximum of six people allowable per table.
The measures will return the country to limits which were in force until as recently as 22 October in a blow to the night time economy.
Indoor and sporting venues will be limited to 50% capacity and sporting events must be fully seated and a Covid certificate evidence double vaccination will be required for access to hotels and gyms.
In a televised announcement, taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “Our public health experts have been exceptionally clear in their advice to government. The risks associated with proceeding into the Christmas period without some restrictions…is just too high.”
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