The Government has confirmed NPHET has recommended nightclubs can re-open, but with restrictions in place.
Cabinet ministers are meeting this morning to decide whether to delay some of the re-opening of society that's planned for Friday.
The use of Digital COVID Certs is likely to be extended, with mask-wearing and social distancing to continue in some indoor settings.
While fully vaccinated close contacts of a confirmed case will be sent antigen tests under plans to be agreed at Cabinet.
Up until now, people didn't have to have a test if they had been fully vaccinated and were a close contact.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed nightclubs CAN re-open under NPHET advice but with extra restrictions in place.
Which in reality may mean many of them can't open
— Seán Defoe (@SeanDefoe) October 19, 2021
It's also emerged new modelling suggests up to 1,000 people could be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 by the end of November if restrictions were fully lifted.
Speaking on his way into Cabinet, Taoiseach Micheál Martin says they have to be careful.
"We are in a much different position to that of last year, we have re-opened significant sectors of society with significant impact on our economy - to the better.
"I think we need to protect all of that and we need to proceed with caution over the next number of months to defeat this virus".