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93%-Vaccinated Ireland Has Gone Back Into 'Partial Lockdown', Including Midnight Curfew

•, by Tyler Durden

The new measures take effect Friday, despite government officials confirming that at least 93% of all of Ireland's eligible population are fully vaccinated. This makes Ireland among the most vaccinated countries in the world, and yet similar to what the UK, Israel, and more recently Austria have experienced, infection rates are still exploding. 

The new Irish restrictions, which is being dubbed a semi-lockdown, include a nationwide midnight curfew, new 'work from home' guidelines encouraging all who are able to do their job from home, as well as stricter implementation of already existing Covid passes - which will now be required by law in cinemas and theaters. 

Entering the holiday season, it's the midnight curfew that's especially controversial - given it will disproportionately hit pubs, restaurants, and entertainment venues the hardest.

One bar industry organization, the Vintners' Federation of Ireland (VFI), representing some 4,000 Irish pub-owners (or publicans), reacted as follows:

"The news that restricted trading hours are set to be reintroduced is a hugely disappointing development for the many late-night pubs and night clubs many of whom will now be forced to shut just three weeks after reopening."

The statement spelled out that "The decision to introduce a new closing time of midnight will effectively close many late-night pubs and nightclubs. It will also seriously restrict other outlets at the most critical time of the year."