Micheál Martin says matches and weddings may be possible by end of 2021 1 month ago

Micheál Martin says matches and weddings may be possible by end of 2021

Here's hoping anyway.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that matches and weddings may be able to make a return before the end of 2021.

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Speaking on The Hard Shoulder on Friday the Taoiseach said that he could see himself going to a match, having a pint, or going to a wedding again by the end of this year - however, he is "not precise" about what number of people would be allowed to attend.

"At the end of 2021, I can. There will be a bit of nervousness around the autumn and winter period because I do believe there is a seasonality attached to this virus and related viruses," he said.

"I think we need to just tread with a bit of caution through the winter, but, I do think we can open up over time. We need to do it cautiously."

When pressed on if this meant a return to major sporting events, he replied: "Slow down now with 10,000, 15,000 people, I don't know how we're going to get there.

"To put it this way, I can see spectators coming back at some stage, in what numbers I'm not precise about. I think vaccination has to happen to a significant degree, and there will be an evaluation of the vaccination programmes. What I can see happening is gradually we can open up sectors but once we open them, we want them to stay open."

The Government will meet next week to make a decision on the roadmap for easing restrictions next week with personal services such as hair salons, and the return of non-essential retail, at the top of their agenda.