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Communions and confirmations set to be allowed from next month

Restrictions on communions and confirmations are set to be lifted next month, the Government has ...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.36 6 Aug 2021


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Communions and confirmations set to be allowed from next month

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.36 6 Aug 2021


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Restrictions on communions and confirmations are set to be lifted next month, the Government has said.

They're also pledging a roadmap for the easing of remaining restrictions will be published by the end of August.

It follows a meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on COVID-19.

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Senior ministers were updated on the current COVID-19 situation by CMO Dr Tony Holohan, the HSE's Paul Reid and Brian MacCraith of the vaccine taskforce.

They were told there are 1,782 new cases of the virus being reported today - the highest daily number since January.

While the trajectory of the virus '"remains uncertain", the ministers decided a roadmap will be provided for the easing of all remaining restrictions - including those on the live events sector - by the end of this month.

The ongoing restrictions on communions, confirmations and other religious services will be lifted in September, subject to public health advice at the time.

It comes on the same day that Fáilte Ireland released new guidelines which will allow social events of up to 200 people be held outdoors in the likes of pubs, restaurants and hotels.

People will be allowed to book multiple tables - but won't be allowed to mingle between them.

Live music will now be allowed at those outdoor venues, however.

Minister of State and Green Party TD, Malcolm Noonan, spoke to The Hard Shoulder about the latest developments.

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He said the controversy over the event held at the Merrion Hotel last month - attended by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar - has "probably sparked some clarification".

He said: "There had certainly been some level of confusion... with the level of complexity that was there.

"[The clarity] was needed by the hospitality sector, and needed by those working in it, and for people to be able to go out and enjoy what is a gradual easing of restrictions.

"We needed that clarity, and today we have it."

He said letters have now been sent to bishops, suggesting communions and confirmations will be allowed in September.

There has been criticism over the lack of senior ministers speaking publicly this week amid the ongoing uncertainty around outdoor gatherings, live events and more.

Minister Noonan indicated the Tánaiste will make a statement later this evening in relation to the controversial event at the Merrion Hotel.

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