Micheál Martin confirms indoor hospitality will be "reassessed" before 19 July 3 months ago

Micheál Martin confirms indoor hospitality will be "reassessed" before 19 July

Leo Varadkar also said that indoor dining would be looked at again before 19 July.

The Taoiseach has told his Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party that he is concerned about the Delta variant of Covid-19 and its increasing impact across Ireland.

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Micheál Martin said that the reopening of indoor hospitality had to be halted due to concerns over Delta and to allow for time to develop a plan with the sector, it will then be reassessed by 19 July.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar also told his party that the matter would be reassessed before 19 July. However, he added that he was concerned about the growing impact of the Delta variant in the country.

Martin said on Wednesday that the Government will "need to look at" measures other than the proposed vaccine pass when reopening indoor dining.

The Taoiseach said he is "open to measures" such as ventilation and testing when it comes time to look at the reopening of indoor hospitality.

He said that the other measures would be a pivot from the "robust and enforceable" vaccine pass system suggested by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

Speaking in the Dáil on Wednesday, Martin said that they have already "been looking" at other possible measures.

"In terms of other measures, I agree, we do need to look at other measures in terms of hospitality, including testing and ventilation - and we have been looking," he added.

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