What time the pubs close in Ireland to be discussed as Taoiseach to announce plan to curb Covid surge

What time the pubs close in Ireland to be discussed as Taoiseach to announce plan to curb Covid surge

Pubs, nightclubs and restaurants could face the reintroduction of earlier closing times as Cabinet Ministers are said to be discussing whether this could reduce people’s levels of socialising.

The 11.30pm curfew on bars, pubs and restaurants was lifted on October 22 but now it’s understood Ministers are once again discussing whether they should look at closing venues earlier.

Sources have confirmed that it’s one measure being looked at by Cabinet as they meet this morning to discuss a number of possible actions to halt the spread of Covid-19 following a stark update from NPHET.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said urgent action is needed to stop the spread of Covid-19 and has warned the situation will worsen.

He has said that people’s behaviour is “key” in driving down transmission.

Mr Martin was speaking on his way into Cabinet on Tuesday morning ahead of an announcement later.

It’s expected that the use of vaccine passes will be used for cinemas and indoor settings.

People will be told to work from home again and both the Taoiseach and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan have said people really need to cut down on the number of people they are meeting and cut back socialising.

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Mr Martin said: “The situation is very concerning.

“I think there’s an obligation on all of us to reduce socialisation, to take care of everybody, to get the numbers and incidence of the virus down.

“The overall objective is to prevent people from getting ill, sick, going into hospital and ICUs. “We simply have to limit the increases we’re experiencing at the moment in terms of hospitalisations and ICUs and just people getting sick from Covid-19 through a combination of the reopening of society, socialisation and the waning of the vaccines.”



Micheal Martin TD during a press briefing

The Taoiseach said that the HSE last night said the current pressure on hospitals now demands urgent action.

He said: “Any decisions we’ll take I think we will give notice but the situation certainly from the presentation from the Health Service Executive (HSE) last evening was one that does demand fairly quick action in respect of easing that pressure on the acute hospital system on the next number of weeks because obviously there’s a lag period from getting the disease to a percentage going into hospital.

“The case numbers are very high and the numbers then inevitably that end up in hospital will increase so we’ve got to make decisions today but collectively as a society we’ve got to look out for each other and be aware the situation is getting worse and will get worse before it gets better.”

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