Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

14.41 29 Jun 2021


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The full reopening planned for July 5th will not go ahead as planned, the Government has confirmed.

The reopening of indoor dining has been delayed until at least July 19th.

The Government says it will now start working on a system to allow it reopen for fully vaccinated people or those who've recovered from COVID-19 - a proposal that's already proving controversial.

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However, some of the other planned measures will go ahead as planned next week - including an increase to the numbers allowed at weddings.

Here's what is and isn't happening:

  • Up to 200 people will be allowed to attend sports or music events in smaller outdoor venues
  • Up to 500 will be permitted to attend matches or gigs in stadiums which a capacity for more than 5,000 spectators
  • Indoor dining & drinking in bars and restaurants will not go ahead as planned on July 5th
  • Other indoor activities - such as group training, exercise and dance - will also not be allowed reopen for now
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has also confirmed Communions and Confirmations "are off" for now, and won't be able to go-ahead from next week
  • An exception is being made for weddings, with 50 guests allowed attend receptions from July 5th - up from 25
  • As a vaccine and recovery bonus, there'll be no limit on the number of people who can visit a household together if they are all fully protected by vaccination or have recovered from COVID-19 the past nine months
  • Non-essential international travel expected to resume on July 19th for fully vaccinated people

All previously implemented measures - such as outdoor dining, the reopening of theatres and cinemas, and full retail - can continue as before.

Main image: File photo of people dining on Capel Street in Dublin. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

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