Government to Provide Live Entertainment Answers on Tuesday

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The live entertainment sector has been frustrated in recent months with a lack of information on when the sector can expect to resume.

Now the government has announced that specific dates for the reopening of live entertainment in Ireland will be provided on Tuesday.

The news comes following a meeting held this morning between Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Culture Minister Catherine Martin and stakeholders.

"The Government wants to open up, and to do that as safely as we can," Minister Simon Coveney said. "One thing we will definitely do tomorrow is give people specific dates so they can plan their businesses and lives around dates in the future. That’s what the industry is asking for."

On Friday Catherine Martin said she was exploring "all possible options" for the Electric Picnic music festival to go ahead. Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said he would approve of the festival going ahead, but only if it was limited to those who have been fully vaccinated.

According to today's figures, 88.1% of Irish adults are now fully vaccinated.

"Very strong performance by the Vaccine Task Force, HSE and all involved in our rollout," Taoiseach Micheal Martin tweeted. "Vaccination is giving us the protection we need against severe illness – so please get one as soon as you are offered."

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