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"Bear With Us For Another 24 Hours" - Minister On Confusing Restrictions

The Arts Minister says she's confident there'll be a solution to reopening the nightclub and live ev...
Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

5:20 PM - 20 Oct 2021



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"Bear With Us For Another 24 Hours" - Minister On Confusing Restrictions

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

5:20 PM - 20 Oct 2021



The Arts Minister says she's confident there'll be a solution to reopening the nightclub and live events sector in the next 24 hours.

In 48 hours, many nightclubs and gig venues will be preparing to open their doors for the first time in 18 months.

But there's still confusion over what's expected of them.

 

The regulations allow packed dance floors in nightclubs, but indoor gigs will have to be fully seated.

Christy Leech, who goes by Le Boom, is due to play two sold-out gigs in Cork and Dublin this weekend:

"Like in our case, that wouldn't work at all. Our gigs are sold to full standing capacity, so you couldn't seat them.

"You'd have to reduce the capacity, and then that wouldn't work because the gig is sold out".

Arts and Culture Minister Catherine Martin hopes the issues can be sorted out soon:

"My message to promoters, musicians, and venues - bear with us for another 24 hours, I'm confident we'll have a solution."

There'll be no capacity limits for nightclubs and antigen tests won't be required.

But it's still unclear what the mask requirements will be - and if you can go to the bar to get a drink.



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