“It’s not inevitable that it will be delayed, but it’s also not inevitable that a pause of two or three weeks would be enough”
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that there may be a “longer delay if necessary” of the planned reopening of restaurants and pubs.
Indoor dining was scheduled to return fully on July 5th but it seems that this may not go ahead following Nphet’s concerns over the Delta variant.
Taoiseach Míchéal Martin was due to make an official announcement regarding the reopening of hospitality at the end of the week, but this has been pushed forward to tomorrow to give business owners time to prepare.
The Cabinet are to meet with Nphet before the Taoiseach addresses the nation to advise the Government on moving forward.
Speaking to RTÉ today, Leo Varadkar said that no decision has currently been made regarding the full reopening of hospitality as the Government have yet to hear Nphet’s advice and added that it may not be necessary to delay reopening.
“It’s not inevitable that it will be delayed, but it’s also not inevitable that a pause of two or three weeks would be enough.
“We heard earlier on today that a two or three week delay will only decrease cases by 10 pc, so it may be the case that there will be a longer delay if necessary, if there’s a delay at all.
“The reason why none of these decisions are inevitable is because none of these decisions have been made yet and the Cabinet is yet to hear from Nphet.”
However, Mr Varadkar admitted that it “would be very unlikely” that the Government would go against Nphet’s advice as to do so “would be very difficult.”
He continued: “We have largely had a successful reopening since it began a few months ago and that has been a consequence of the Government in agreement with Nphet and accepting their advice. To go totally against it, would be very unlikely.”