Covid sub-committee to consider new restrictions for incoming passengers

Ministers are to consider proposals to tighten the definition of an essential worker as part of a range of new travel restrictions on people arriving into Ireland’s ports and airports.

The Government will consider enhanced checks by gardaí and additional use of passenger locator forms that travellers complete upon entry into the country.

The meeting of the Cabinet’s sub-committee on Covid-19 will also discuss potential additional visa restrictions and the reopening of schools.

There are proposals for introducing mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving from Brazil, South Africa and possibly some other South American countries where a new strain of the virus is present.

A final decision on new measures is expected at tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting.

Several political parties and public health experts want the Government to go much further and quarantine all arrivals into the country.