NPHET has recommended pubs and restaurants close at 5pm as soon as possible, as the Omicron variant spreads here.
They’ve also called for indoor and outdoor events to be capped at a maximum of 50 per cent capacity.
But they haven’t recommended the early closure of schools for Christmas, or further limits on household visits.
Cabinet ministers will consider the recommendations today.
Padraig Cribben, from the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, says it’s devastating news for the hospitality sector……………..