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Remaining restrictions to be lifted before Christmas - Donnelly

Aug 24, 2021 12:08 By News Northern Sound
Remaining restrictions to be lifted before Christmas - Donnelly Remaining restrictions to be lifted before Christmas - Donnelly
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly visiting the Covid-19 vaccine centre in Castleblayney.
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It comes after criticism of the lack of mask wearing and social distancing at the All-Ireland Hurling Final.

The Health Minister anticipates all restrictions will be eased this side of Christmas.

Government is due to publish a roadmap next week.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly visited the vaccination and test centres at Croke park this morning and told waiting media that the Government wants to see remaining restrictions around live events and nightclubs ended as soon as possible.

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But some other measures, like the wearing of face masks, may remain in place "for some time".

NPHET is due to meet tomorrow to discuss easing restrictions, at a time when 55 people are in intensive care with the virus, the vast majority of which the Minister says are not fully vaccinated.

Minister Donnelly says he was concerned by the scenes on the street after the All Ireland hurling Final and was asked whether people who were there should get tested.

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The Foreign Affairs Minister, meanwhile, says he "totally understands" the frustration of the live events industry in the wake of the hurling final.

Performers have criticised what they see as preferential treatment of the GAA, after thousands were seen attending the match at Croke Park on Sunday with little mask wearing and social distancing evident.

Minister Simon Coveney says the entertainment sector will receive guidance on reopening in the coming days.

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