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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 November 2021

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Questions (257)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

257. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media if she will introduce pharmacy-led antigen testing for entry into hospitality. [57164/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

At present, in line with public health Regulations, access to indoor dining may be granted to permitted persons with acceptable proof of immunity and also to children accompanying such permitted persons. I am not aware of any plans at present to provide for a negative antigen test to replace or supplement the current requirement for proof of immunity in order to access indoor hospitality. Any initiative in this regard would have to be informed by the latest public health advice from NPHET and the work of the Rapid Testing Advisory Group which is chaired by Professor Mary Horgan.

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