Covid-19: Ministers scramble to secure July 19 reopening

Concerns remain over treatment of tourists and children in new indoor dining proposals, while airlines Aer Lingus and Ryanair criticise the state’s rollout of the EU digital travel certificate

11th July, 2021
Covid-19: Ministers scramble to secure July 19 reopening
Leo Varadkar said indoor hospitality would “probably” happen between July 19 and 26, with the latter date likely to be the “latest” that affected businesses would be able to reopen their doors. Picture: Getty

The government is scrambling to finalise plans to reopen indoor hospitality as early as July 19, as businesses demand clarity on a range of outstanding issues regarding the use of the proposed vaccine pass system.

Ministers are to hold an incorporeal cabinet meeting tomorrow specifically to agree plans that would allow fully vaccinated people, and those who have recently recovered from Covid-19, access to indoor dining in pubs and restaurants later this month.

The proposals will...

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