Breaking: Irish hospitality curfew is agreed by cabinet to curb Covid

The Irish Cabinet has agreed that hospitality venues, cinemas and theatres should have a closing time of 20:00 to help curb the steep rise in infections that the new Omicron variant is threatening. The Ministers have decided on the Irish hospitality curfew after following advice from health officials.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) had originally recommended a 17:00 cut off from Monday. Taoiseach Micheál Martin did a televised address on the evening of Friday 17 December and announced that more than a third of the new Irish cases in recent days were due to the new variant.

“The Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is exploding through Europe,” Mr Martin said.

“It is here, it is in our country and we are going to see a massive rise in infections.”

The cabinet has agreed that the measures will stay in place until 30 January, with that date being kept under review.

Other measures agreed on Friday include:

  • Number of spectators allowed to attend sporting events to be capped at 50% capacity, up to a maximum of 5,000 people.
  • Weddings will have a cut-off time of midnight and an attendance cap of 100
  • No changes to domestic travel arrangements and no change to four households visiting restriction.

Earlier this month, the Irish government introduced measures that were expected to last until 9 January.

These included the closure of nightclubs, attendance limits on concerts and sporting fixtures and tighter restrictions on the hospitality sector.

Adrian Cummins, chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, tweeted: Huge anger across the Hospitality regarding NPHETs request to close at 5 pm. Why wasn’t the booster campaign rolled out faster? Why can’t those with boosters enter Hospitality premises using COVID pass if Gov approves 5pm Irish hospitality curfew? Where is the plan to keep Hospitality open viably”.


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    • CCW60

      18 December 2021 • 14:52

      Because….??? The virus can only get you if you are out past 20:00? Or the virus can only get you at a wedding if you are there past midnight??? The Irish government has gone “Full Monty” with this nonsense. We have already been told that although Omicron is highly contagious it is also extremely MILD in comparison to all the other variants. When will people get through their thick skulls that case numbers does NOT equate to case deaths and no one has died OF Omicron thus far anywhere in the world! In fact most people haven’t died FROM any of the variants, but have died WITH the variants from other causes. This is nothing but the normalization of complete government control over our lives, our businesses and individual bodies. If they people do not rise up against this nonsense they deserve to live under totalitarian control forever!

      Reply
    • CCW60

      18 December 2021 • 14:52

      Because….??? The virus can only get you if you are out past 20:00? Or the virus can only get you at a wedding if you are there past midnight??? The Irish government has gone “Full Monty” with this nonsense. We have already been told that although Omicron is highly contagious it is also extremely MILD in comparison to all the other variants. When will people get through their thick skulls that case numbers does NOT equate to case deaths and no one has died OF Omicron thus far anywhere in the world! In fact most people haven’t died FROM any of the variants, but have died WITH the variants from other causes. This is nothing but the normalization of complete government control over our lives, our businesses and individual bodies. If they people do not rise up against this nonsense they deserve to live under totalitarian control forever!

      Reply
    • CCW60

      18 December 2021 • 14:52

      Because….??? The virus can only get you if you are out past 20:00? Or the virus can only get you at a wedding if you are there past midnight??? The Irish government has gone “Full Monty” with this nonsense. We have already been told that although Omicron is highly contagious it is also extremely MILD in comparison to all the other variants. When will people get through their thick skulls that case numbers does NOT equate to case deaths and no one has died OF Omicron thus far anywhere in the world! In fact most people haven’t died FROM any of the variants, but have died WITH the variants from other causes. This is nothing but the normalization of complete government control over our lives, our businesses and individual bodies. If they people do not rise up against this nonsense they deserve to live under totalitarian control forever!

      Reply

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