Tánaiste Says Pubs Could Open In July As Life Becomes “Pretty Much Normal” By August

Tánaiste says life will be "pretty much normal" by August (Image: RTE News)

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has signalled that people could be back drinking indoors by July.

Irish people can expect to get their lives back to “pretty much normal” by August, Tanáiste Leo Varadkar has predicted.

And that month could also see the “vast majority of restrictions” as a thing of the past.

Mr Varadkar said it was “his best guess” based on the evidence coming out of Israel and the UK as they are further along their vaccination programme.

It comes as the government has plans to buy booster Pfizer vaccines for 2022 and 2023 which will likely be needed to protect against Covid-19 variants. Speaking at the Department of Health on Wednesday, Mr Varadkar said: “I think we have to get through another winter to be sure, but I do think life will pretty much back to normal by August.

“Life in Israel is pretty much back to normal, they’re welcoming tourists again and they’re having, not very large gatherings, but they are having mass gatherings. “They kind of got to that point when they were at, where we would expect to be by August.

“So, I’m hoping that that’s the month when things are relatively normal again”

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