NPHET Recommends Pubs And Restaurants To Close From 5pm

The government will now consider the recommendations, with a decision likely later today. 

NPHET has recommended pubs and restaurants close at 5pm as soon as possible, as the Omicron variant spreads here.  

They're also calling for indoor and outdoor events to be capped at half-capacity. 

But they haven't recommended the early closure of schools for the Christmas holidays, or further limits on household visits. 

The government will now consider the recommendations, and a decision's likely to be made today. 

John Lee, from the Irish Daily Mail, says the hospitality sector is being targeted again. 

Padraig Cribben, from the Vintners' Federation of Ireland, says it's devastating news for the hospitality sector:

Meanwhile, the Labour Party is calling for children to receive their Covid-19 vaccine in schools.

The vaccination rollout for most kids aged 5 to 11 is due to begin from January 10th.

However children in that age group who're high risk can register online from December 28th.

Labour's education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says schools would be better suited to give them the jab:

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