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17th Dec 2021

NPHET recommends 5pm effective curfew for pubs and restaurants ahead of Christmas

Katy Thornton

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The Government are expected to meet on January 17th to discuss NPHET’s recommendations.

NPHET have made a series of recommendations to Government to curb the spread of the Omicron variant ahead of the Christmas period. The Cabinet is expected to meet today to consider the latest advice from health officials.

A series of proposals are expected to centre around social gathering in pubs and restaurants, as well as live events.

NPHET are reportedly advocating for a 5pm closure to restaurants and pubs from Monday 20th December.

This curfew is expected to apply to theatres, sporting events, and cultural gatherings. Outdoor events should run at a 50% capacity, or with no more than 5,000 spectators.

There has been no information on restrictions on weddings, but a recommendation on late night gatherings has been issued.

Those who are called as close contacts, but have not received a booster jab, are likely to be asked to restrict their movements. The limit on four households meeting in one residential space is not thought to change.

Schools are expected to remain open until Christmas, and Ireland isn’t expected to change their international travel rules.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will address the nation later on this evening once government decides on how to proceed.

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