Capacity limits on weddings and other religious services will also lift on Friday
The planned re-opening of nightclubs and other sectors can go ahead on Friday with Digital Covid Certs in place.
Capacity limits on weddings and other religious services will lift on Friday.
10 adults will now be allowed at a table when dining indoors, up from 6.
Vaccine passports will not be required for outdoor events and capacity limits on indoor and outdoor events have been lifted.
Latest: An end to guest restrictions at weddings, full sports stadiums, and the return of normal pub trading hours have been announced by the Government.— Irish Examiner (@irishexaminer) October 19, 2021
There will be no sectors currently open that will closehttps://t.co/bQVMRWxqtF | @PTHosford reports
A booster vaccine campaign for over-60s will start immediately.
Taoiseach Michael Martin says the government had to take account of the relevant public health statistics in making its decision:
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says the peak of the Delta wave has not passed yet.
He expects ICU numbers to peak in late November or early December:
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan believes extending the vaccine booster to those aged over 60 is the right thing to do
The public health advice for people to work from home where possible will remain in place beyond Friday 22 October. https://t.co/b3UFhM5tJe— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) October 19, 2021
Re-imposing Covid restrictions can't be ruled if the current measures don't have "sufficient effect", according to NPHET.
In a letter from the Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan to the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly he says compliance with the current restrictions is critical.
He adds that high levels of vaccination alone will bring the Delta variant's R number below one.