Government aiming to reopen indoor hospitality on 26 July 2 months ago

Government aiming to reopen indoor hospitality on 26 July

The Tánaiste said the government is working on an app reader for pubs and restaurants to verify Covid certs.

The government is aiming to reopen indoor hospitality settings on Monday, 26 July, according to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

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It comes following legislation allowing for indoor hospitality to return being passed in the Dáil on Wednesday night.

The Health (Amendment No.2) Bill 2021 was voted through by 74 votes to 68. The bill will now be sent for consideration in the Seanad.

It will allow bars and restaurants to offer indoor service to people fully vaccinated against Covid-19, as well as those who have recovered from the virus in the past six months.

During a press conference on Thursday, Varadkar was asked what day publicans and restaurateurs can expect indoor service to return.

He responded: "I spoke to Minister [Stephen] Donnelly about that today actually and we're getting things in place.

"It looks like we're going to have an app reader that restaurateurs and publicans can use to verify that the Covid cert is valid... A lot of good work is being done on that.

"We're targeting Monday 26th, really because it has to go through the Seanad. We need to allow the President time to consider the bill and sign it and we need to get some regulations and a few things like that in place.

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"So, the date we're aiming for is Monday, 26 July."