Omicron: Ireland sets curfew for bars and restaurants

Omicron: Ireland establishes a curfew for bars and restaurants

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Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin announced Friday evening the establishment of a curfew at 8 p.m. for pubs, bars and restaurants until the end of January to fight against the spread of the Omicron variant.

“All restaurants and bars (…) must close at 8 p.m.” from Sunday until January 30, the Irish head of government said in a speech.

Highlighting the risk that the variant represents for the hospital system but also “society and the economy” of the country of five million inhabitants, the Prime Minister stressed that the variant is spread “aggressively” in all age groups.

“The need to slow the spread of Omicron and for more people to get their booster doses is clear,” he continued.

The manager also announced that indoor events will no longer be allowed in the evening after 8 p.m. and announced a reduction in the capacity of events catering to the public.

Weddings cannot be celebrated beyond this hour and limited to one hundred people.

All passengers arriving in the country will have to perform a PCR or antigen test and they are advised to do an antigen test daily for the five days of their arrival.

According to the latest figures, Ireland has recorded more than 644,000 cases of coronavirus and 5,835 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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