DUBLIN, Ireland: Bars and nightclubs will reopen in Ireland on October 22 and will not require customers to provide proof of Covid testing, according to Tourism Minister Catherine Martin.
At the same time, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has warned that he "can't rule out" that some Covid-19 restrictions might need to continue to be enforced after October 22.
"I want the nightclubs to reopen. As it stands we are heading for a full reopening on October 22," Martin said, as quoted by The Irish Mirror.
Martin added that experts will not have reached their conclusions about the necessity of antigen testing before October 22.
She said she "would feel that if we're waiting for that report, it won't come in time for October 22, so I would feel that the reopening of nightclubs on October 22 would open without antigen testing," she said.
However, if the experts recommend antigen testing for entry to nightclubs later on, she would consider following their recommendations.
Martin noted that within the government there remains "concern" about the number of patients in hospitals and ICU's suffering from Covid-19.