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    The Covid vaccine pass should be extended to hotels and gyms, Nphet has advised in its latest letter to Government.

    Public health officials have called again on the Government to extend the use of the pass, which is currently used for hospitality, cinemas, and theatres, to more sectors.

    In its latest letter it has specifically identified hotels and gyms as venues that users should be required to have a vaccination pass for.

    Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan's letter to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly states the pass should be "extended to other high-risk setting, including gyms and hotels (with appropriate exemptions as required)".

    Meanwhile. concerts, events should be made cut their capacity in half over the coming weeks, Nphet has advised.

    Health officials want venues to operate at just 50pc in what would create a massive headache for music providers, theatres and other Christmas events.

    Pantos are already under pressure as a result of a call for parents to limit the activities their children engage in, while other big ticket concerts such as two sell-out performances by Dermot Kennedy at the 3Arena later this month could be impacted.

    However, the Government will have to decide whether to follow the advice having previously indicated they did not want to take backward steps in the reopening of the country.

    The Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 is holding an emergency meeting today to discuss proposed new Nphet restrictions on household visits and the hospitality sector.

    As part of their fresh advice on restrictions, Nphet are understood to be advising:

    • Only six people should allowed at a table and multiple bookings should be banned under new rules for the hospitality sector proposed by Nphet.
    • Household visits should be limited to four households in the one home. This mean one household could invite over three other household during the Christmas break.
    • Venues will also be required to only operate at 50pc capacity under the proposals from Nphet.

    Nphet want the proposed restrictions to remain in place until January 9.

    Meanwhile, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has written to colleagues to say asking airline companies to check passengers for negative tests before flying to Ireland is unworkable.

    Mr Ryan wrote a letter late last night saying he did not believe plans to ask airline companies to check passengers for antigen or PCR tests should go ahead as planned.

    Airlines were supposed to start checking passengers tests today but this has now been delayed until any flight after midnight on Sunday.

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin and his senior ministers will meet at 11am today to debate the round of fresh advice from Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan’s team on reducing household visits and introducing strict new rules for bars and restaurants.

    A full Cabinet meeting may be held later in the day to sign off on any decisions taken by the committee.

    At 10am, the Taoiseach and Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath met the hospitality sector to discuss the impact of new restrictions on the industry before Christmas.

    The Restaurants Association of Ireland said they had a “positive and constructive engagement” with the Taoiseach and Minister McGrath.

    Adrian Cummins CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said; “The hospitality sectors concerns with regards to EWSS wage supplement scheme and a comprehensive support package including a commercial rates waiver plus COVID Recovery Support Scheme for all Hospitality businesses was discussed at length.

    “While no decision was made at the meeting, Government has confirmed that hospitality businesses will be supported over the next number weeks due to recognition that business has substantially declined

    “The Hospitality sector has requested Government for a long term plan for the viability of the industry be established,” he added.

    Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan cancelled a planned press event this morning.

    Travel

    Meanwhile, it is understood the PCR travel testing requirement was delayed in order to allow passengers and carriers to prepare for the measure.

    The measure - which calls for travellers to show proof of a recent PCR or antigen test - was due to come into force today.

    An Aer Lingus spokesperson said they were informed by the Government last night that the regulations will be delayed until Sunday, RTÉ has reported.

    This would allow additional time for passengers to get a PCR test and result before travelling into Ireland, according to senior Government source.

    Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme, the Justice Minister Helen McEntee said bringing in the measure involves work from several department and extra time was needed to finalise the details.

    “A number of Department’s are involved here. It takes time where you have to engage and make sure that the regulations are correct. This is typical procedure, it’s not that there has been a change at all.

    “It’s just a little bit longer time needed between departments to finalise these,” she said.

    The move has been criticised by oppositions TDs including Sinn Fein’s health spokesperson David Cullinane who said the Government "need to better communicate the decisions they make".

    Deputy Cullinane has argued that many travellers have already purchased tests at “great cost”.

    "Only last night in the Dáil, the [Health] Minister reaffirmed his intention to sign new regulations regarding pre-departure PCR and antigen testing. This poor communication and mixed messaging needs to stop," he added.

    Independent.ie understands Department of Health will be issuing an announcement in due course.

    Squeeze

    The Irish Independent reported overnight that it was expected a squeeze could be placed on pre-Christmas socialising through new restrictions on household visits and hospitality.

    Having already called on parents to rein in their children’s activities, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) now wants adults to do likewise.

    Just six weeks on from the widespread reopening of the hospitality sector, Nphet wants stricter rules brought back in, including a limit to the numbers sitting at tables and a ban on multiple bookings.

    Among the proposals is that live venues will be seated only, which would lead to the closure of nightclubs.

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    If implemented, the combination of measures will seriously dampen the night-time economy ahead of the festive season. Already pubs and restaurants are reporting the widespread cancellation of Christmas parties.

    Pressure is mounting for state supports to be introduced to ensure businesses are not financially impacted by restrictions which either force them to close or lose out on revenue during what would normally be their busiest period of the year.

    The group is also concerned about vulnerable people who have not got their booster shot mixing with those whose vaccination efficacy has waned.

    There are currently no restrictions on household visits but there will be far more socialising in homes over the coming weeks, which risks sparking high rates of transmission.

    Nphet met yesterday to assess the latest spread of the virus and make recommendations to Government.

    Speaking in the Dáil, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar gave the strongest signal yet that special aid is likely for the hospitality sector.

    Industry lobby groups have been demanding that the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) returns to its original rate after the state support was reduced this week.

    The Fine Gael leader said at its height 650,000 workers were supported by various payments, but this number was now dramatically reduced.

    Mr Varadkar said the Government would await Nphet’s advice and it would not make sense to announce supports before that happened.

    However, it would also look at supports targeted at sectors such as catering.

    “I think it is important that everything is targeted at the sectors which need it,” Mr Varadkar said. He said a decision on this was likely very soon.

    Mr Varadkar later told the Dáil the wage subsidy scheme had cost the taxpayer €400m to date and was the biggest state intervention since the bank rescue schemes of over a decade ago.

    He stressed it was not currently applied to the hospitality, entertainment, arts or aviation sectors.

    Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy said the late-night entertainment sector had effectively now been shut down after being allowed to open for just three weeks.

    She said people were already heeding expert advice to significantly reduce levels of social contacts and she knew of one catering business which had 80pc of its bookings cancelled and expected the same would happen to the final 20pc.

    She said there was an urgent need for income supports for catering workers, and wage and other subsidies for their employers.

    She said a big Christmas trade had been hoped for to help these struggling businesses get through the lean period of January and February, but that hope was now gone. “But supports are either being withdrawn or eroded,” Ms Murphy said.

    She added the Government appeared to be applying a principle of “Darwinian business survival of the fittest”.

    Mr Varadkar said he accepted what Ms Murphy had said and the catering sector risked losing its “Christmas harvest”.

    “Even though we did not close any events, the people are voting with their feet,” Mr Varadkar said.

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin insisted he expects schools to reopen after the Christmas break.

    “We anticipate that schools will be reopening, of course,” Mr Martin said.

    “Our view is that much of what we’re doing now will protect schools so, yes, schools will reopen in the new year.”

    Mr Martin thanked the public for answering the the “call to arms” by the Government two weeks ago to reduce socialising.

    “We have managed as a country to help stabilise the Delta wave in so far as the impact on hospitals and ICU,” he said.

    He said there are about 40,000 booster doses administered daily and last week about 10,000 people came forward for their first vaccine. The wider impact of the Omicron variant will be known in two weeks after scientists examine more data for a more “comprehensive” picture.

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