Ministers are set to push for a partial easing of restrictions next week which would see vaccine passports remain a requirement for entering venues and premises.
The high number of patients in hospitals and rising number of Covid-19 patients have led to serious concerns in Government and among public health officials.
While no final decision has been made about the next planned phase of reopening on October 22nd, senior sources said that some of the measures may be paused if the situation continues to deteriorate.
One proposal is removing a number of restrictions while keeping the requirement for vaccination certificates in place.
A final decision is expected to be made by Government next Monday or Tuesday.
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