Ireland to Drop All COVID-19 Restrictions

Ireland’s government is set to approve a rapid lifting of almost all COVID-19 restrictions during a cabinet meeting on Friday, after a green light from public health officials.

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said the government will consider recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to drop COVID-19 restrictions such as curfews and mandatory vaccine passes.

“I think it is reasonable to expect that we will be able to exit the regulations on a faster basis than would have looked likely a number of days ago,” Donohoe told local broadcaster RTE on Thursday.

The move comes as the government seeks to “get the balance right” between the needs of society and the economy and public health, Donohoe added.

Officials have mentioned that only minor protocols such as mask-wearing in public will be left in place after ending other restrictions.

Ireland had the second-highest incidence rate of COVID-19 in Europe last week after the explosion Omicron variant infections, but its high number of individuals with booster vaccines helped tame the number of severe cases.

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