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Indoor dining will reopen by July 26th 'at the latest' - Varadkar

The Tánaiste says indoor hospitality will open sometime between July 19th and 26th. Proposals to...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

21.05 9 Jul 2021


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Indoor dining will reopen by July 26th 'at the latest' - Varadkar

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

21.05 9 Jul 2021


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The Tánaiste says indoor hospitality will open sometime between July 19th and 26th.

Proposals to allow fully vaccinated people to access indoor dining in pubs and restaurants will go to Cabinet next Tuesday, as part of plans for a so-called 'corona pass' for indoor activities.

However, emergency legislation to allow for the temporary rules will need to pass the Dáil next week before it rises for the summer recess.

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says no firm reopening date has been decided - but it will come soon.

He said: "It'll probably be some date in between the 19th and 26th - 19th at the earliest, 26th at the latest.

"The industry is saying they're keen to reopen as soon as possible - but we have to get the legislation done.

"The President has to have time to read and sign the bill."

The Tánaiste said that the Government will try to reach the target of July 19th, but it will be "hard to reach".

However, he believes it can be done before July 26th, and there'll be clarity around the issue from Tuesday.

Hospitality industry groups have been meeting with the Government this week to finalise proposals, with several options expected to go to Cabinet.

Restaurants Association of Ireland CEO Adrian Cummins says lots of work will continue behind the scenes over the weekend.

He said the proposals are not where the industry wants to be, "but it’s the only solution for now or stay closed until September".

Main image: File photo. Picture by: Matthias Bein/DPA/PA Images

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