Leo Varadkar say Government not ruling out reopening indoor dining exclusively for vaccinated people 2 months ago

Leo Varadkar say Government not ruling out reopening indoor dining exclusively for vaccinated people

He also said it might encourage people to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Leo Varadkar has said that the Government is not ruling out reopening indoor dining exclusively for vaccinated people.

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Speaking on RTÉ Radio on Monday, Varadkar said he has "never ruled out" reopening indoor dining for fully vaccinated people only, however, he added there would be “quite a debate going down that route”.

“I’ve always said if you’re talking about a two or three-week delay and then it’s open for everyone that’s one thing," he added.

“But if it were an indefinite or prolonged delay I think most people in those scenarios would understand that if have to delay reopening for a prolonged period then it might make sense to make an exception for those who are fully vaccinated."

He also said that it might help encourage other people to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Varadkar added that it would be “very difficult” for the Government to go against whatever advice that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) presents on the 5 July reopening.

He said it would be "very unlikely" the Government won't follow the recommendations from NPHET on the easing of further Covid-19 restrictions.

NPHET will meet today to consider its advice to Government on the continued easing of restrictions on 5 July.

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The group are expected to consider a variety of factors including the incidence of Covid-19 in Ireland, hospitalisations, vaccine rollout and the spread of the Delta variant.

The Tánaiste said that the decision on the reopening is set to be made by Government on Tuesday.