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Cabinet To Agree New Indoor Dining Legislation

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7:38 AM - 12 Jul 2021



The cabinet will sign off on new legislation today that will pave the way for the reopening of indoor hospitality.

Under the proposals, unvaccinated children will be allowed inside pubs and restaurants when they fully reopen.

They'll have to be accompanied by an adult who is either fully vaccinated or has recently recovered from Covid-19 infection.

The reopening is expected on the 26th of July but Adrian Cummins from the Restaurants Association says that's not set in stone.

"While no date has been given yet, it's ranging from where we would like to see indoor dining open on the 19th... as far as the 26th. But it could be any day between those two dates.  It's important that we stick to the public health advice and get businesses back open"

The Vintners Federation of Ireland says the proposals aren't their preferred option.

However Chief Executive Padraig Cribben says his members cannot afford any more prolonged closures:

"There's a lot of mixed feeling. But by and large people are realising that it's either this or there won't be an option to trade until September or October. And it's not in any way our preferred option but it's either  this or be closed for another 6 to 8 weeks after being closed for 16 months and that's not something that anyone wants to contemplate."



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