Cabinet Ministers will meet this morning to decide whether an easing of Covid restrictions will go ahead on Friday. NPHET briefed the Government yesterday.
It's understood the team is recommending a cautious approach, suggesting a delay in re-opening, following a rapid rise in cases, hospitalisations and ICU admissions.
It's widely accepted the use of vaccine certs will be extended beyond Friday - as will mask wearing and social distancing in indoor settings, as well as events like matches and gigs.
The Government is also again examining expanding antigen testing. Questions remain around nightclubs, and extended opening hours for bars and restaurants.
Cabinet meets at 9am this morning, with an announcement expected by lunchtime.