The Government has said that the use of the EU Digital COVID Certificate and other public-health measures will continue alongside a further reopening of some sectors of the economy from Friday (22 October).
After a Cabinet meeting this morning, ministers agreed that more of the hospitality, entertainment and night-time economy sector could reopen – but only with “the full range of protective measures” in place, and the “wide and robust implementation” of the COVID pass.
Under the latest guidelines, the return to workplaces will continue “on a phased and cautious basis” for specific business requirements.
Indoor hospitality will return to normal trading hours, but a continuing requirement for social distancing means that there will be table service only in pubs.
Nightclubs will reopen, with specific guidance to be developed to set out protective measures. “This will involve COVID-19 passes, contact-tracing data collection, and wearing of facemasks except when eating, drinking and dancing,” the Government said.
Boost for sporting bodies
For indoor cultural, entertainment and sporting events, those attending must be seated, though standing is allowed at your seat.
Outdoor sporting events will, however, return to full capacity, in a boost for the FAI and IRFU ahead of forthcoming football and rugby internationals. COVID passes will not be needed for outdoor events.
Religious services and weddings can also go ahead without capacity limits.