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What to expect as more Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Over 18 months have passed since Ireland’s original Covid-19 restrictions were put in place. Fast forward to September 2021, Ireland is in the position to phase out their Covid-19 restrictions. As many regulations and guidelines change, it is important to stay up to date of the current government guidelines that are in place.

Starting September 20, the National Public Health Emergency Team has permitted indoor gatherings that were formerly discouraged. Here are some of the main changes:

  • Indoor activities, such as sports and dance classes, can now hold up to 100 fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid-19 individuals.
  • For those with mixed immunity and vaccination status, they will still be allowed into indoor venues in pods of six.
  • Businesses are encouraged to bring employees back to the office in a phased manner.
  • Religious ceremonies can operate at 50% venue capacity, whether or not the participants are vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid-19.
  • Cultural attractions can open with capacity limits.
  • Outdoor venue restrictions are removed; however, venues can still enact their own policies as desired.

Despite these easements, citizens are still required to wear face coverings on public transportation, while shopping at indoor retail locations, and when in a healthcare setting.

What’s included in the next phase:

If infection and vaccination rates continue as predicted, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) plans to launch the final reopening phase on October 22. This proposal is subject to change, but the expected easements are as follows:

  • All limits regarding the maximum number of attendants will be lifted, for both indoor and outdoor events.
  • Religious and civil ceremonies can commence unrestricted.
  • Nightclubs and other establishments can reopen.
  • Vaccine certificates will only be required for international travel.
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