NPHET to discuss the further easing of Covid-19 restrictions


NPHET will consider government plans to ease remaining Covid-19 restrictions amid rising infection rates when it meets later.


It comes as a roadmap to move away from restrictions is set to be published at the end of the month.


The Cabinet sub-committee on covid will meet on Friday to discuss the finer details of the plan, ahead of a full Cabinet meeting next Tuesday.


It’s expected to include guidelines around the return of live music events and workers to offices.


Dr Jack Lambert, Professor of Infectious Diseases at UCD, says it’s important certain rules remain in place:


Meanwhile the Managing Director of Festival Republic, which runs Electric Picnic, has called on Laois County Council to immediately reverse its decision not to grant the event a licence.

The new appeals were made  after Dr Tony Holohan signalled that NPHET would not have a “major concern” if Electric Picnic went ahead, provided only fully vaccinated people were allowed to attend.

Speaking at the NPHET briefing, Dr Holohan said he wouldn’t have a major concern with outdoor events going ahead for those who are fully vaccinated.