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Decision due today on whether pubs and nightclubs can open next week

By James Fenton

July 15, 2020 at 10:34am

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The government is set to decide today on whether or not we can move to the final stage of reopening after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Phase 4 is currently due to begin on Monday, July 20 and among the establishments that are scheduled to reopen on that date are pubs that don't serve food as well as nightclubs and casinos. If phase 4 goes ahead as planned, up to 100 people will be allowed at indoor gatherings, with 500 people allowed at outdoor gatherings.

The matter will be discussed at a government meeting today and there is a possibility that amendments to phase 4 will be made, given the recent increase in Covid-19 cases. The National Public Health Emergency Team are said to be concerned that a 'significant number of young people have got the virus in recent weeks.'

Some publicans have been critical about the lack of guidance, with popular Dublin spot Grogans already deciding to postpone their reopening date. Pubs that serve food and are able to meet certain provisions have been allowed to open since the beginning of phase 3 on June 29. However, regular Garda inspections have found some establishments to be in breach of regulations.

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