Micheál Martin: No reopening of hospitality until middle of the summer 

Micheál Martin: No reopening of hospitality until middle of the summer 

Micheál Martin expressed concern about uncertainties surrounding new variants of coronavirus and high numbers of infections.

Ministers will not consider reopening hospitality until the middle of the summer, the Taoiseach said.

Micheál Martin expressed concern about uncertainties surrounding new variants of coronavirus and high numbers of infections.

Three cases of the potentially more infectious Brazilian mutation have been detected in Ireland.

Mr Martin said: "We don't foresee that (reopening pubs etc) before the middle of the summer.

"What the public health authorities are saying is that we stick with this until end of April, then we reflect on the situation and make decisions about the months ahead."

Ministers will not consider reopening hospitality until the middle of the summer, the Taoiseach said.
Ministers will not consider reopening hospitality until the middle of the summer, the Taoiseach said.

He also told RTÉ that reopening the country will be a slow process.

"There won't be much of a change (after this phase) because the numbers are still too high," he said.

"What we intend is to reopen schools gradually, it will be slow, we'll be cautious, because we have to monitor the effect on the virus.

"The biggest challenge we face is new variants as they could impact the vaccines.

"It's sensible to open slowly, as the vaccines are coming."

Meanwhile, the head of the Catholic Church has said people should be able to gather safely to mark Easter in Ireland.

Ministers should also consider increasing the number of bereaved allowed to attend funerals during the pandemic, Archbishop Eamon Martin urged the Taoiseach.

Mr Martin said his concerns will be given consideration.

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