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Reopening plan Micheál Martin reveals indoor dining will reopen in phases and antigen testing to feature later

It comes as the Cabinet is set to meet virtually this afternoon to sign off on legislation surrounding the reopening of hospitality

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Julien Behal/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Julien Behal/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Julien Behal/PA)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that indoor dining will reopen in phases and that antigen testing may be deployed at a later stage.

It comes as the Cabinet is set to meet virtually this afternoon to sign off on legislation surrounding the reopening of hospitality.

Speaking to reporters in Dundalk, Co. Louth this morning, Mr Martin said that the initial phase of reopening indoor dining will allow only those who are fully vaccinated or those who have recovered from Covid-19 inside.

He added that the use of antigen testing may be deployed “having evaluated the first phase” of the reopening plan.

When asked why a one hour and 45-minute time limit would be put in place for vaccinated people dining inside, the Taoiseach said that “there is caution there” and that some activities pose a higher risk than others.

“The key issue for us is about protecting people who are unvaccinated,” he said.

“Right throughout this pandemic, it was very clear the order of and the scale of where particular activities are more dangerous than others.

“That was very clear in terms of the advice that we received not just in terms of Ireland but internationally.

“We made progress on the gradual reopening and that’s clear to see and what we don’t want is to be open and have to close again.”

Martin added that he did not accept the UK’s “let it rip” approach of “that we have all of the vulnerable vaccinated and now let’s allow people to get Covid.”

“It’s about protecting people. We don’t want people getting Covid... Covid can be a very nasty virus... and I certainly don't want to be presiding over something that just sort of said it’s okay if young people get Covid,” the Taoiseach said.

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