Several Ministers are examining a financial support package for pubs which are being forced to remain closed.
They won’t reopen until at least August 31st, as Phase Four of lifting the Covid-19 restrictions is being delayed by three weeks.
The decision comes following advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team, and international evidence of an increase in community transmission if pubs and nightclubs open too early.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar says there will be specific supports for businesses which still can’t open.
The Clare Chair of the Vintners Federation of Ireland says that financial compensation will be crucial for pubs that must remain closed.
The cabinet also announced that public gatherings can’t increase to 500 people, while those allowed to gather indoors will remain at the current limit of 50.
Ennis Publican Darragh McAllister says there also remains a need for guidllines to be put in place.