Reopening of pubs set to be delayed until 10 August, face coverings to be made mandatory in shops 4 weeks ago

Reopening of pubs set to be delayed until 10 August, face coverings to be made mandatory in shops

Pubs who are unable to serve a substantial meal must remain closed until 10 August.

The Government is to postpone plans to reopen pubs until 10 August due to concerns over increases in Covid-19 cases.

Pubs and nightclubs had been due to open from Monday, 20 July, but a decision to delay the reopening is expected at the cabinet meeting this evening.

Pubs who are unable to serve food must remain shut until 10 August.

On Tuesday, the National Public Health Emergency Team expressed concern to the Government about the scheduled reopening of all bars next week.

Much of its concern stemmed from the fact that a significant number of young people have got the virus in recent weeks and that same bracket would be more likely to attend pubs or mass gatherings.

From Monday, as part of Phase Four, gatherings of up to 100 people indoors (up from 50) and 500 people outdoors (up from 250) were to be allowed, but it's likely that these will also be pushed back now.

The wearing of face coverings is to be made compulsory in shops and other indoor spaces in Ireland where social distancing cannot be followed.

More to follow.