Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said today’s further easing of restrictions has been made possible due to what he called Ireland’s “world class vaccination programme, which is now suppressing the Delta wave”.
Mr Varadkar said the return of hundreds of businesses for the first time since March 2020, and thousands of workers, was “another major step forward, as we move towards a new normal”.
He said: “While some sectors experienced on and off lockdowns, these sectors have experienced one long lockdown, which ends today.”
The Tánaiste said these sectors will initially have to operate with vaccine passes, and at reduced capacity, but these restrictions will be removed on 22 October “all things going well”.
He added: “The Government recognises the enormous sacrifices made by staff and business owners in these sectors. We know that continued financial support will be needed.”
Among the restrictions easing today, organised indoor events and mass gatherings may return while organised outdoor events and mass gatherings can operate with 75% capacity.