Ireland closes nightclubs and tightens Covid rules over Christmas period – .

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Ireland closes nightclubs and tightens Covid rules over Christmas period – .


The nightclubs of Republic of Ireland must close and the hospitality industry is subject to more stringent restrictions on Xmas period in order to cope with the rise Covid case and the Omicron variant.

During a briefing on Friday, the country’s leader, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, called on the Irish public to appeal to his “spirit of resilience and … solidarity” as he described the new restrictions.

The rules will be enforced from December to January 9, which means that socializing during the Christmas and New Years period will be restricted.


What rules are changing?

  • Discos will close

  • Pubs, restaurants and hotels will be restricted

  • Covid passes will be required for gyms, recreation centers, hotels, bars and restaurants

  • Entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events cannot operate at more than 50% of their capacity

  • Private home visits should not involve more than four households


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Nightclubs, which reopened a month ago for the first time since the start of the pandemic, must remain closed while major events will be braked to 50% of their capacity.

Bars, restaurants and hotels must close at midnight and a maximum of six adults can be seated at one table. In addition, reservations at multiple tables will be prohibited, customers must distance themselves socially and only table service will be allowed.

The Institute of Public Health said visits to private homes over the next few weeks should be limited to a maximum of three other households at a time. However, he recognizes a “need for flexibility”.


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Ireland reported a case of Omicron variant, which was first reported by South Africa last week.

In the last seven days, there have been 31,155 confirmed cases of Covid in Ireland in Ireland and 55 related deaths.

The Taoiseach acknowledged that many will be disappointed and frustrated by the new restrictions, especially those in the hospitality and entertainment sectors.

“I want to reassure them that just as we have done since the start of the pandemic, the government will support them and ensure that they have the necessary financial supports to weather this latest storm and remain intact until we got out of it, ”he said.


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