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Government Statement regarding the Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19

The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid met today to discuss long-term care facilities, testing and overseas travel. 

The sub-committee discussed options to tighten travel restrictions at ports and airports. Ireland needs to find a balance which allows the airports and ports to stay open, in order to allow the movement of supplies, essential workers, and for Irish citizens to be able to return home, but which also minimises the risk of transmission of the virus, including the requirement for people arriving into Ireland to self-restrict their movements for 14 days.

The sub-committee discussed a range of options to see whether there is a better way of achieving those objectives on travel. These will now be discussed further with Cabinet, and with the administration in Northern Ireland, before a final decision is made.