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Taoiseach reopens Fitzgibbon Street Garda station after 11-year closure
The three-story, 19th century building required extensive renovations to bring it up to standard, which took four years to complete.
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'We can live with a high level of infections': How Europe is easing Covid-19 restrictions
While Covid-19 restrictions have been eased in Ireland, what are other European countries doing?
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New Zealand won't fully reopen borders to foreign travellers until October
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a five-step plan to reopening New Zealand’s borders.
# key dates
At a glance: The vast majority of Covid measures lift from 6am – here's what you need to know
All the key points and dates you need to know.
From tomorrow, visiting rules will be scrapped and any number of households will be allowed to gather.
Bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be allowed to operate normal trading times without Covid passes, masks for customers or social distancing.
The phased return to the workplace will begin on Monday.
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'Today is a good day': Taoiseach confirms almost all Covid measures to be lifted from 6am tomorrow
Last night, NPHET recommended that almost all Covid-19 restrictions could end.
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'A monumental day': Delight as hospitality curfew to end after 678 days of full and partial closure
Martin announced the news this evening.
# Greenlight
NPHET advice paves way for early scrapping of almost all Covid restrictions
NPHET met today to discuss Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.
All time
# Your story
Work in the live events or nightlife industry? Tell us how the Covid-19 restrictions have affected you
We want to hear your stories about how the restrictions since March 2020 have impacted your work life.
# Covid-19
'Total betrayal': Hospitality stakeholders unhappy tickets required for nightclub access
Newly published guidelines state anyone attending a nightclub will need to have purchased a ticket.
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Nightclubs and entertainers gear up for reopening despite earlier uncertainty on guidelines
The guidelines were only published this evening, leading to some initial uncertainty.
Musicians and entertainers say they have already had cancellations due to the lack of clarity.
There is a concern that this industry will be blamed if Covid numbers continue to rise.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended the government's handling of the issue.
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Dressing rooms to reopen and water breaks to stay, GAA announce
Fully-vaccinated panels can again use the locker-rooms.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you walk out of a pub or restaurant if they didn't check your Covid cert on entry?
Covid-19 Digital Certificates will still be required for indoor hospitality from tomorrow.
# reopening rules
'When were you last in a nightclub, Taoiseach?': Calls for clarity on new rules as talks resume
Tourism Minister Catherine Martin says a solution will be found in the next 24 hours.
It was confirmed yesterday that nightclubs will be allowed to reopen as planned this Friday, 22 October.
However, sectoral guidance is still being developed for the industry.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he accepts that the sector "need clarity".
At a glance: What are the new reopening plans?
Taoiseach: Nightclubs and late bars can open from Friday but with Covid certs in place
# Your Say
Poll: Would you be happy to go to a nightclub in the next few months?
Nightclubs are set to reopen this Friday.
Voices
Opinion: Today's announcement was a shambles - the live events sector is now on its knees
Concert promoter Shane Dunne reacts to the latest government announcement on the live events sector.
# covid restrictions
Another reopening delay: Back to basics and back to the dancefloor
An extract from The Journal’s coronavirus newsletter.
# Coronavirus
De Gascun: Covid-19 cases 'will increase as restrictions ease', but vaccines are effective
Public health officials yesterday confirmed a further 2,180 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
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India reopens for foreign tourists on charter flights as Covid-19 cases decline
Foreign tourists on regular flights will then be able to enter India starting on 15 November.
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'No decision' yet on lifting Covid measures as Taoiseach cites 'wrong turn' in virus trajectory
A meeting of senior officials this afternoon heard that Ireland’s Covid-19 situation has taken an unexpected turn.
# Australia
Sydney reopens to the vaccinated after 100-plus days of lockdown
Melbourne, however, continues to lag behind while jab rates gradually increase.
# Children
Explainer: How schools are handling Covid-19 pressure not long after reopening
Schools reopened their doors to pupils over the last couple of weeks – how have they been dealing with Covid cases?
AS IT HAPPENED
Offices to reopen and live events to return on 'phased basis' over Sept and Oct
Further discussions are due to take place next week.
Catherine Martin said she wants to see “an easing of restrictions in September for our musicians, for our artists”.
Eamon Ryan said there is a potential for public transport to return to 100% capacity next month under plans being discussed.
Minister Ryan also said confirmations and communions could possibly recommence from September.
# Keep an ear out
Entertainment Industry group 'disappointed' after meeting with Minister
Musicians and entertainers want the government to set a timeline for when live events can return.
# New Zealand
New Zealand plans to reopen borders early next year
Officials also said they would delay second shots of the Pfizer vaccine in order to speed up first shots.
# restrictions
Roadmap to easing hospitality restrictions ‘to be drawn up’
Government officials and representatives from the hospitality industry had a “robust and engaging conversation”.
# reopening
Offices likely to be in a position to begin reopening in September, minister says
Minister Eamon Ryan said the return to offices will be “done on a staged basis”.
# not yet
Some pubs and restaurants aren't reopening indoor dining over health and logistical concerns
Unvaccinated staff, fear of public backlash and no counter service are among the reasons some pubs and restaurants aren’t reopening indoor areas.
# open doors
Hospitality owners report online abuse and false bookings by Digital Covid Cert critics
One restaurateur said he had received a message saying: “You’ll get what you deserve.”
One restaurateur said he had received a message saying: “You’ll get what you deserve", Aoife Barry reports.
Some pubs have been reporting receiving abusive phone calls and social media abuse.
Telegram users have been encouraging each other to make bookings but leave when asked for their cert.
# Freedom Day
Nightclubs reopen their doors as last remaining Covid-19 restrictions lifted in England
Legal mandates covering the wearing of masks and working from home have been scrapped.
# Indoor dining
People will have to 'buy into' compliance with new indoor dining rules, Taoiseach says
Opposition parties will also be briefed on the plans, which they have described as discriminatory.
# England
Doctors’ leaders slam Johnson’s ‘irresponsible’ easing of England's Covid restrictions
The British Medical Association said the move could have ‘potentially devastating consequences’.
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Cabinet to sign off on plans for reopening of indoor hospitality tomorrow
The plans allow for the reopening of indoor dining within NPHET’s guidance.
# England
Experts criticise ‘unethical' plan to lift Covid rules in England at 'most dangerous period of the pandemic'
A range of coronavirus restrictions are due to be eased in England, possibly as soon as 19 July.
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Boris Johnson to restore freedoms as he tells public to ‘learn to live’ with Covid-19
Boris Johnson will lead a Downing Street press conference updating his plans for ‘freedom day’ on 19 July.
AS IT HAPPENED
Taoiseach confirms delay to reopening of indoor hospitality
The reopening of indoor hospitality has been pushed back following advice from NPHET.
# Weddings
Guests at wedding receptions to increase to 50 - but Tánaiste says communions and confirmations are 'off'
Leo Varadkar said communions and confirmations are “off, unfortunately”.
# food chain
'It's soul-destroying': Last minute decision on indoor dining leaves hospitality on tenterhooks
From wasted food to cancelled bookings, an extension of restrictions could mean large losses for pubs and restaurants.
# Hospitality
Business groups demand clarity as Martin says decision on 5 July reopening will be made 'early next week'
There’s been a focus this week on how the Delta variant could impact the reopening of indoor hospitality.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the reopening of indoor services in pubs and restaurants be delayed beyond 5 July?
NPHET will next week issue advice to government on the planned 5 July reopening measures.
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'We don't want to be going back' on any restrictions, Taoiseach says, ahead of 5 July decision
An interview with Micheál Martin aired on Virgin Media Television this evening.