TAOISEACH Michael Martin will issue a major Covid-19 update tomorrow night after NPHET issues their advice on easing restrictions.
Martin said he would issue a statement, breaking down exactly the short and medium term plan – with restrictions set to ease earlier than planned.
The National Public Health Emergency Group will meet today to discuss Covid-19 situation and public health restrictions.
The group is expected to recommend easing restrictions on hospitality and social and sporting events.
The speed of remove restrictions is expected to be swift, with measures eased early next week.
However, measures such as wearing face masks, social distancing in some facilities and the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to continue.
The 8pm curfew Hospitality is expected to be scrapped – however the Government has yet to say how long late businesses will be allowed to operate.
Taoiseach Michael Martin confirmed the Government will make a clear decision on Friday, after a Cabinet meeting to discuss and decide on the recommendations of NPHET.
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Martin said the country has “passed through Omicron better than we expected before Christmas”.
He said the country is entering a “new phase” in how we plan to live with Covid in the future.
Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, Taoiseach said: “The NPHET is meeting today. The Government is meeting tomorrow. After that Government meeting, I intend to make a clear and comprehensive statement on what is going on. forward in the short and medium term.
“The situation is positive. We went through Omicron better than we could have expected before Christmas.”
He added: “I think we are entering a new phase, I hope to get a position tomorrow night to give a clear, comprehensive position on lifting restrictions.
“And also how we currently plan to live with Covid for the time being because Covid is not going away, but we are definitely entering the next phase of it.”
The government has indicated that restrictions will be eased next week, rather than at the end of the month as previously planned.
Taoiseach said: “The initial restrictions are still there until the end of the month. Now we can go before that. And again, I would like NPHET to allow meeting today but maybe I think we are. can expect earlier easing of restrictions than we might have anticipated.
Martin added that boosters are “the best weapon we have” against Omicron, as the strain has a higher impact on unvaccinated people.
He said the country’s handling of more than 20,000 cases a day is a “proof of the effectiveness” of the vaccine.
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A country commemorative event will take place on March 20, in memory of those who have lost their lives to Covid-19.
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