Phase 4 of Ireland's roadmap to reopening society is due to begin on August 10, with many publicans eagerly waiting to see if they can reopen their doors to the public.
Initially scheduled to begin on July 20, phase 4 was paused due to spikes in coronavirus meaning that many pubs had to wait a further three weeks before they can welcome customers again. Other establishments that can operate as restaurants, meanwhile, have been open since June 29.
With 85 new cases of Covid-19 announced on Thursday and the public being urged to be vigilant over the Bank Holiday weekend, pub-owners are now set to sweat over the Government's next roadmap announcement but when will that be? Everything you need to know can be found below.
When will we know phase 4 will be allowed to begin on August 10?
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is due to meet on Tuesday, August 4 to discuss whether it is appropriate to press ahead with phase 4.
What is due to open in phase 4?
Pubs that don't serve food, hotel bars and casinos are due to open during phase 4.
How many people will be allowed to gather if phase 4 goes ahead?
Outdoor gatherings of up to 500 people and indoor gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed if phase 4 goes ahead. Currently, 50 people can gather indoors and 200 people can gather outdoors.
What are the chances of phase 4 going ahead?
Acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn has said that "The National Public Health Emergency Team will continue to monitor the situation closely over the coming days" but has advised people to remember six important things during the Bank Holiday weekend: "The six key things people need to do are limit the size of your network and time you spend with them, keep your distance, meet up outside if possible, wash your hands, wear a face covering and download the Covid Tracker App."
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