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17th Dec 2021

Taoiseach confirms that hospitality will close at 8pm from Sunday

Emily Mullen

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Micheál Martin has confirmed that a curfew will be imposed on hospitality from Sunday, December 19.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed new restrictions to hospitality opening hours will be introduced from next week. This announcement is a rejection of a proposal put forward by Nphet, to impose a 5pm country-wide curfew.

Indoor events are expected to be limited to 50% capacity or a reduction of 1,000 people. While outdoor events will also be impacted by the new restrictions, with capacity limited to 50% or 5,000 attendees.

The 8pm restrictions will not impact weddings, they will be allowed to finish at midnight. However, wedding guest capacity has been reduced down to a max capacity of 100.

In an address to the nation speech, Taoiseach Martin said that the virus is “exploding across Europe” echoing the views shared by other leaders he added, “the level of concern for what’s coming is at the highest that I have seen.”

The transmissibility of omicron was of huge concern to Martin, who cited studies that described it as more transmissible than the Delta variant.

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