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RAI Seeking Further Easing Of Hospitality Sector Restrictions

Published on Aug 4 2021 8:03 AM in General Industry tagged: Featured Post / Restaurants Association of Ireland / RAI / National Public Health Emergency Team / Nphet / indoor dining / indoor drinking

RAI Seeking Further Easing Of Hospitality Sector Restrictions

The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) is seeking a further easing of hospitality sector restrictions, following the resumption of indoor hospitality services on Monday July 26 for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and individuals who have recovered from the virus.

As reported by, RAI representatives will meet government officials today (Wednesday August 4) to press for a further easing of public health restrictions for the sector.

Top Of The Agenda

A later closing time and increasing the pool of people permitted to avail of indoor hospitality services will reportedly be at the top of the RAI representatives' agenda at the meeting.

The RAI reportedly wants the current required 11.30pm closing time for hospitality venues to be extended from September, along with the introduction of antigen and PCR testing that would permit unvaccinated individuals with a negative test to avail of indoor hospitality services.

Hopeful For Timeline For Further Easing Of Restrictions

RAI chief executive Adrian Cummins is reportedly hopeful that a timeline that sets out how hospitality sector restrictions can be gradually further eased over the coming weeks can be developed.

Call For Greater Vigilance To Adhere To Public Health Advice

The meeting comes as Ireland’s chief medical officer, Doctor Tony Holohan, is warning the public against dropping their guard and running the risk of increasing COVID-19 cases.

Holohan has reportedly called for greater vigilance among the public to adhere to public health advice.

Holohan reportedly said that outbreaks of COVID-19, associated with symptomatic people attending gatherings, are being reported, and urged people to stay at home if they have any symptoms of the virus.

It is reportedly expected that the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) will convene today to discuss the current trajectory of the virus, and the Cabinet committee on COVID-19 is reportedly scheduled to hold a video conference to discuss the situation on Friday August 6.

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