After discussions with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPEET), the government will allow the reopening of non-food pubs on September 21.
The reopening of “wet” pubs, which have been closed since March, will be subject to strict restrictions on social distance and hygiene. An experienced political source said, “This is not business as usual.”
The cabinet is expected to approve the reopening date at its meeting on Tuesday.
However, this is happening amid growing concerns about infections, especially in Dublin.
The news comes as a relief to the owners and operators of 60 per cent of pubs that do not serve food and are not allowed to open. Irish pubs have experienced the longest lockdown in Europe, and the public is lobbying hard in the coming weeks to allow them to reopen.
The Tipperary public will protest outside Leinster House on Tuesday against the continued closure of pubs and the new rules. Meanwhile, Tipperary TD Matti introduced the resolution of the private members of the village independent group, including McGrath, Michael and Danny Healy-Ray. The deal on Wednesday went against new rules requiring pubs to keep food consumption receipts for 28 days.
The livelihood of the public
Outside the offices of Ministers Simon Cowney and Michael McGrath, members of the public protested in Carigalin, Co. Cork, vowing to hold similar demonstrations across the country if the government failed to protect their livelihoods.
Public health officials have suggested that counties with more Kovid-19s could be exempted from reopening pubs later this month, although this has been rejected by government sources.
The Acting Chief Medical Officer said he expects wet pubs to reopen in mid-September. Ronan Glyn said, but he flagged a particular concern about several counties.
Rising case numbers in Dublin and Limerick have raised concerns among public health officials, who have urged residents in both countries to limit their social interactions as much as possible.
“The next seven days are really important when it comes to people’s behavior,” he said. “If things continue as they are, we will see.”
Up to 40 schools have been contacted by public health officials about Covid-19 cases involving students, but so far no clusters or explosions have been reported in schools.
The progress of the school
One percent of the 4,000 schools that reopen in the next few days are associated with public health officials, the NPET briefing said Monday evening.
However, this does not mean that it has erupted, said public health expert Dr. In Abigail, Collins commented that cases involving children in general have occurred in the community.
In some cases, students’ classes or pods were removed from the school and further inspections were ordered, but “no explosion has been confirmed in schools at this time.”
He said he was optimistic the schools would reopen. Collins praised the response, saying it was “practical, sensitive and caring.”
102 confirmed cases of Kovid-19 have been reported to the NPIT, while no deaths have been reported. Of the new 56 cases are in Dublin.
Meanwhile, the European Commission on Monday announced a proposal for a common European Union system to regulate travel restrictions between member states. Sources say the decision is unlikely until next week, but ministers are expected to discuss the current travel restrictions on Tuesday.