Indoor dining may be allowed for under 18s with vaccinated adults

Those under the age of 18 may be allowed inside restaurants and bars in the company of someone who is fully vaccinated, under plans being brought to Cabinet.

As the Irish Examiner reports, the Government is currently working on ways to allow for the resumption of indoor dining later this month after the planned reopening on July 5 was ‘paused’ due to concern over the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Those under the age of 18, who are presently unable to obtain a vaccine, will be allowed into bars and restaurants provided they are accompanied by a vaccinated person. If the proposal is sanctioned by Cabinet it will allow for families to dine indoors during the latter half of the summer.

When the idea was put to Junior Minister Colm Brophy at lunchtime today on the Saturday with Katie Hannon show, he said that it was something he was aware of and that made sense.