In Ireland, fully vaccinated people and people who have recently recovered from Covid-19 will be allowed to dine in the catering industry again from Monday.
Guests must present a vaccination passport before being served. More than 3,000 pubs are expected to reopen, many for the first time since March 2020.
Under the new measures, six people can sit together, and catering establishments must close at 11:30 pm. The European corona passport is used as a general vaccination certificate, but proof from the Irish health service is also allowed.
At the end of June, the Irish government postponed the reopening of the catering industry due to the advance of the Delta variant of the virus. The reopening was scheduled for July 5, but catering establishments had to wait for the government to set up a new vaccination certificate system. As a result, from June 2, hotel guests were already allowed to eat inside.
About 68 percent of Irish adults have now been fully vaccinated. However, the daily number of new infections and the number of hospital admissions are currently increasing, now that the Delta variant is spreading in the country.