Leo Varadkar rules out Irish nightclubs reopening for "quite some time"
While nightclubs in the UK could open this week, it looks like clubs in Ireland won't be getting the green light for a significant amount of time.
Leo Varadkar has ruled out the reopening of Irish nightclubs for "quite some time".
While nightclubs in the UK will likely reopen on 19 July, it looks like clubs in Ireland won't be getting the green light for a significant amount of time, according to the Tánaiste
Speaking on Monday, Varadkar added that while nightclubs won't be allowed to reopen as clubs for a while, they will be permitted to reopen as licensed venues with six to a table and table service only.
Tourism Minister Catherine Martin also said said there will be a pilot event of the reopening of nightclubs as trial live events have already been taking place throughout the country over recent months.
Varadkar said that the reopening of other indoor activities such as bowling alleys and bingo halls could be allowed to reopen with a similar Covid pass system in place as the indoor dining legislation, which was signed off by Cabinet on Monday.
The government is now aiming to have the legislation, which will allow vaccinated people and under 18s accompanied by vaccinated people to eat and drink indoors at restaurants and pubs, passed by the Dáil and Seanad this week.
Under the legislation, people who have received both Covid-19 vaccines and people who have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months can both dine indoors.
People aged under 18 can also dine indoors with a fully vaccinated person accompanying them.