Re-Opening Of Pubs Deferred And Face Masks To Be Mandatory In Shops

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The Health Minister has played down the impact of foreign travel on the spread of the coronavirus following the news Ireland won’t be moving to phase four of the easing of Coronavirus restrictions next week.

The reproductive rate of the virus has now increased to between 1.2 and 1.8 and phase four has been delayed until August 10th.

It means pubs, nightclubs and casinos can’t re-open and restrictions on public gatherings remain in place.


Face-coverings in all shops will become mandatory and no more than 10 people can attend social gatherings in a house.

A ‘green list’ for international travel will be published on Monday – and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has played down the impact of tourists on the spread of the virus.

The Clare Chair of the VFI insists the deferred reopening date for pubs will be disastrous for many publicans.

Ennis Publican Darragh McAllister says the call was made very late.

Ennis-based lobby group Retail Excellence Ireland has welcomed the government’s decision to make face-coverings mandatory in shops.

Managing director Duncan Graham hopes it can boost customer confidence: