This will be the third time that authorities have extended restrictions on pubs, which closed in March and were originally scheduled to reopen in July. Pubs that serve food reopened at the end of June.
Ronan Glynn, Ireland’s acting medical director, said on Thursday that damp pubs – about half of Ireland’s 7,000 pubs – are expected to remain closed amid a rising weekly infection rate of 33 per 100,000 population. “With schools opening and the number of hospital cases starting to increase, now is not the time to open ads,” Glynn said at a press briefing.
The government is expected to approve the recommendation on Friday and approve a crackdown on pubs that are open and violate the restrictions. Police must be given the power to immediately shut down a pub if they believe there are breaches of public health guidelines.