Sean Defoe
Sean Defoe

21.07 27 May 2021


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Indoor dining looks set to return in the first week of July, under proposals being considered by ministers.

Senior ministers are meeting this evening to decide on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions through the summer.

There will also be an expansion of the number of people at weddings to 50.

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The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended spectators be allowed to return to matches and live events from August, with crowds of up to 5,000 in stadiums that have the capacity.

Gyms and cinemas would be allowed to open on June 7th under the plans, while up to 200 people can attend large events outdoors.

The issue of international travel is still being discussed by ministers.

The full Cabinet will meet on Friday to sign off on the final plan.

New guidelines, which were announced for the hospitality sector on Wednesday, have been criticised for being 'neither simple nor sensible'.

Trinity College Dublin Professor Kingston Mills said they will be hard to implement.

He told Pat Kenny earlier: "My impression is that it's over-complicated - if you want to try and enforce something like this, it has to be simple and sensible.

"And it doesn't sound like it's either simple or sensible to me".

He said outdoor activity is much safer than indoor "and it's vey hard to make any sense out of one metre is safe versus two if you stay a certain length of time, for example.

"So there are a whole lot of points in the recommendations which don't seem to be based on sound science."

He also said he has "concerns" about 15 people at one table, whether or not they are under 13 years of age.

Additional reporting: Jack Quann

Main image by Pexels from Pixabay 

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