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Omicron: Ireland imposes curfew on bars and restaurants

Omicron: Ireland imposes curfew on bars and restaurants

Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin announced Friday evening an 8pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants until the end of January to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

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“All restaurants and bars (…) must close at 8 pm” from Sunday until January 30, the Irish Prime Minister said in a speech.

The Prime Minister highlighted the danger posed by the variant to the hospital system but also to the ‘society and economy’ of the country of five million people, and stressed that the variant is spreading ‘vigorously’ across 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 director also announced that indoor events will no longer be permitted in the evening after 8 p.m., and announced a reduction in the capacity of events catering to the public.

The wedding cannot be celebrated after this time and is limited to a hundred people.

All passengers arriving in the country will be required to take a PCR or antigen test and are advised to take an antigen test daily for 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.