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30th Aug 2021

Public transport is set to return to full capacity from Wednesday

Fiona Frawley

From this week, the seat beside you on the bus will no longer be a handy place to keep your bag.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has confirmed that public transport will return to full capacity from this Wednesday to accommodate the return to schools and colleges and the reopening of more workplaces, according to the Irish Times.

The decision came following a cabinet meeting last Tuesday, as part of an overall easing of covid restrictions still in place in Ireland.

Public transport capacity levels are currently at 75%.

Ryan added that he believed mask wearing should still be required on public transport, according to The Journal.

The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 is expected to meet today ahead of a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, during which an easing of restrictions for the entertainment industry is also expected to be discussed.

According to The Journal, Micheál Martin said on Friday that “We can certainly see a lifting of restrictions in some areas in terms of entertainment and theatre and the arts in September”, and that a timeline for the reopening of nightclubs would also be “deliberated upon”.

NPHET have advised that the government wait for 90% of the population to be vaccinated before considering any further easing of restrictions.

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