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Ireland set to announce plans to lift most Covid restrictions | Ireland

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Ireland is on the verge of emerging from what has been one of the longest and toughest sets of coronavirus restrictions in Europe, with almost all set to be lifted in the coming weeks.

The taoiseach, Micheál Martin, will outline specific details in a nationwide address on Friday evening and the 8 p.m. curfew on hospitality imposed in December to combat the spread of the Omicron variant is expected to be lifted as early as next Wednesday.

Other restrictions on the number of households that can gather, limits on the number of people who can attend sporting events or weddings are also set to drop next week.

The requirement for vaccination certificates in restaurants and bars should be lifted, but will be maintained for international travel. Wearing a mask should also be maintained in shops and public transport, and the return to the workplace will be gradual to give employers time to prepare.