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31st Aug 2021

Dancing will be allowed at events from 6 September, confirms Micheál Martin

Clara Kelly

The 11:30pm curfew on clubs and bars will also be scrapped in October.

Dancing will be allowed at events from 6 September, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed.

Speaking at a Government press conference on Tuesday, he added that the rules surrounding the prevention of dancing at weddings and events will be removed, however, public health advice will prevail.

He said that this will come into effect from 6 September.

Leo Varadkar also confirmed that the 11:30pm curfew on clubs and bars will be scrapped in October as rules surrounding indoor hospitality are set to return to what they were before the pandemic.

He said that this change will take place on 22 October, with a return to “status-quo” pre-pandemic rules.

He added that he expects there will be a “permanent change post-pandemic” with an increase in “blended working” as offices return on 20 September, with meetings organised with industries over the coming weeks.

Varadkar said that the easing of restrictions of 20 October will be subject to the public health situation during the week prior, adding that the date was chosen as Ireland would be “past the peak” of the Delta variant by that date.

“If we do not ease restrictions then, the question is when?” He said.

He stressed the importance of the upcoming vaccine booster programme which is set to take place over the coming months, urging everyone to come forward to receive a Covid-19 vaccine who have not already done so.

“This pandemic is definitely not over, I’ve always said we need to get by at least another winter before we can say this pandemic is behind us and we are coming into this winter over the coming months, and it could be a difficult winter for our hospitals.”

It comes as the Taoiseach confirmed that all sectors including clubs and offices will reopen in October.

Addressing the country on Tuesday evening he also confirmed that mask-wearing and other public health measures will remain in place in certain sectors such as retail, health care settings and on public transport, however, they will be scrapped in private and outdoor settings.

Under the new roadmap for exiting the pandemic titled ‘Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting’ the final set of restrictions is set to be lifted on 22 October.

Meanwhile, the first set of restrictions will begin to be eased on 1 September beginning with a return to 100% capacity on public transport.

You can take a look at the full details and dates of the restrictions to be eased over the coming two months here.

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