Ireland is abandoning most of the coronavirus measures in October, Prime Minister Martin announced. As of 22 October, Irish people will no longer have to show a vaccination certificate to enter a café or restaurant. Also, from then on, there will be no restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend an event.
“Thanks to the efforts of our vaccination team and because you took the vaccine when it was offered, We are now entering a whole new phase of the pandemic,” Martin said. More than 80% of Irish people over the age of 12 have now been fully vaccinated.
The Irish government has been heavily criticised in recent times, particularly from the event sector. Entrepreneurs in the industry were angry that large events in Ireland should not be allowed to take place, while in the United Kingdom, where vaccination rates are lower, there were large concerts.