People over 60 invited to limit their travel; nightclub guidelines set for posting

Reopening of nightclubs

Fáilte Ireland will issue new guidelines tonight that will outline the almost complete reopening of the hospitality industry.

Most pre-pandemic operations will resume for nightclubs and concert halls, while the majority of remaining restrictions in pubs, restaurants and bars will also be lifted.

A one-hour meeting between government officials and hospitality industry representatives Wednesday afternoon was called “very successful”, with a number of anomalies resolved.

Covid warning for over 60s

People over 60 and vulnerable people have again been urged to limit their movements as deaths from Covid-19 are expected to increase in the coming weeks.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan described the deteriorating Covid situation as “worrying and worrying”. He said it was especially important for those vulnerable to Covid and those over the age of 60 to “effectively assess their own risks”.

This could include going out of restaurants that do not check Covid passes, or leaving establishments where people think the environment is not safe for staff and customers, he said.

Booster vaccines

Pharmacists should be involved in the rollout of the booster vaccination campaign, said the secretary general of the Irish Pharmacy Union.

Darragh O’Loughlin said pharmacists were included in the original plans as vaccinators, but were only included in the summer.

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Meanwhile, Dr Holohan said there were no plans to expand the vaccine booster program to those under 40 “anytime soon,” but that it would continue for vulnerable groups.

Centenary religious service

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were among the dignitaries who attended a church service to mark the centenary of the formation of Northern Ireland.

Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis, Prime Minister Paul Givan, DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson, UUP leader Doug Beattie, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Alliance leader Naomi Long also attended the service at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh.

Sinn Féin did not send a representative. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth was due to attend, but was unable to travel after falling ill. President Michael D Higgins declined an invitation to attend because he felt it was not politically neutral.

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