It’s been a long and winding road.
But it looks like Ireland’s embattled performers and musicians can expect some clarity on the path ahead by tomorrow after Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney confirmed that the Government will decide on specific dates for ending live music restrictions on Tuesday.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning, Coveney confirmed that the industry roadmap, promised by the end of August, would indeed be finished by August 31st.
The plan is to use digital certs to allow venues and events to “open up through September”, with the first audiences of 50 or more people expected to take their seats in the first half of the month.
The Government met with the entertainment industry leaders representing more than 35,000 workers this morning, with a Covid sub-committee meeting due to take place this afternoon at 2pm.
88.1% of over-18s now fully vaccinated
Meanwhile, a further 1,706 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, as hospitalisations remain high across the country. As it stands, 347 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 60 of those patients in intensive care (ICU).
This morning, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin took to social media to praise Ireland’s vaccine response, adding that 88.1% of over-18s are now fully vaccinated in Ireland.
88.1% of over-18s are now fully vaccinated in Ireland.
Very strong performance by the Vaccine Task Force, HSE and all involved in our rollout.
Vaccination is giving us the protection we need against severe illness – so please get one as soon as you are offered.
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) August 30, 2021
“Very strong performance by the Vaccine Task Force, HSE, and all involved in our rollout.” the Taoiseach tweeted.
“Vaccination is giving us the protection we need against severe illness – so please get one as soon as you are offered.”