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Some go-ahead Government confirms which Covid 19 restrictions are set to ease on July 5

The number of people allowed at wedding receptions will increase from just 25 people to 50

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Transport Minister Eamon Ryan, Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar at a press conference at Government Buildings, Dublin (Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire)

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan, Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar at a press conference at Government Buildings, Dublin (Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire)

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan, Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar at a press conference at Government Buildings, Dublin (Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire)

Although the plan to reopen indoor service in bars, restaurants and other indoor activities such as group exercise, training and dance, has been delayed, other restrictions will be lifted later this month. 

While these activities had been due to resume on July 5, the Government is now considering how vaccinated people and those who have recently recovered from Covid-19 can dine and drink indoors, which will be devised by July 19.

In the meantime, the number of people allowed at wedding receptions will increase from just 25 people to 50 next Monday.

The current rules allow for 50 people to attend a ceremony (religious or civil; outdoor or indoor) but just 25 people are permitted at a wedding receptions after the ceremony.

From July 5, guests will be permitted to attend wedding receptions with protective measures in place.

There will also be an easing of restrictions in relation to outdoor events, with the number of attendees doubling from Monday.

Since June 7 there had been a maximum of 100 attendees for the majority of venues that host ‘organised’ outdoor events, and a maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000.

From next Monday, this will increase to a maximum of 200 attendees for the majority of venues, and 500 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000.

There will also be no limit on the number of people who can meet up indoors, if they are all fully vaccinated.

The loosening of this restriction also applies to people who have recovered from Covid-19 in the previous nine months.

And from July 19, the EU Digital Covid Certificate is expected to be operational in Ireland.

However, the Government says its current advice is to avoid non-essential international travel.

"Depending on the prevailing public health situation at the time, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA," a statement reads.

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Speaking today, the Taoiseach, Michael Martin explained: "Last night, we were advised by public health officials in stark terms that proceeding on July 5 represents a real risk for hospitalisations, deaths and cases.

"We have agreed to delay some elements. There will be an increase in the number of people attending outdoor events and the number of guests attending weddings can increase to 50."

"We do not want to lose the progress we have made. I am satisfied this is the safe, sensible, balanced way forward. "This delay I am announcing will be treated by dismay and frustration by some. We will provide additional support to these sectors.

"I've talked before about the twists and turns for our journey but our direction of travel is unchanged.

"We are coming out of this. With continued vigilance and patience, we can ensure the worst of this is behind us."

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