Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that it is too early to say whether an increased presence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in Ireland will delay a further easing of restrictions beyond July 5, when indoor restaurant and pub services are due to resume.
"A Rapidly Evolving Situation"
"At this point, it's too early to say," Stephen Donnelly told RTÉ. "We know COVID tears up the best laid plans and it's a rapidly evolving situation with Delta."
Nothing Can Be Guaranteed
While Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said ahead of a cabinet meeting this week that the plan to permit indoor hospitality services to resume on July 5 is still on track, Taoiseach Micheal Martin was subsequently quoted as saying that nothing can be guaranteed and that the government will follow health officials' advice.
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