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NPHET’s advice will be crucial when it comes to reopening indoor hospitality according to the Tánaiste

It's feared reopening the sector could further facilitate the spread of the virus

The Tánaiste says NPHET’s advice next week will be crucial when it comes to reopening indoor hospitality.

The restrictions are set to ease on July 5th, but that’s now in doubt due to a rise in cases of the more transmissible Delta variant.

Leo Varadkar told his parliamentary party last night the strain’s a “big concern” and “the final call” will follow recommendations next week.

Professor of virology at UCD, Dr Gerald Barry, says reopening indoor hospitality could further facilitate its spread.

Meanwhile, the Indian variant and the rollout of vaccines will be among the issues raised when EU leaders meet in Brussels later, as part of a two-day summit.

The bloc’s economic recovery, migration and relations with countries likes of Belarus and Russia will also be discussed at the European Council meeting.

Ireland South MEP, Billy Kelleher, says the summit’s important to ensure Europe reopens in a coordinated manner.