Festival bosses demand answers as government prepares to allow Irish music events to be fully vaccinated



The government is expected to announce next week that fully vaccinated people can attend outdoor music festivals and live events following an intervention by Dr Tony Holohan.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said Cabinet would consider vaccine passes to allow festivals to resume.

The chief medical officer said he would have no major concerns if outdoor concerts like Electric Picnic were only held for those who were fully vaccinated during an NPHET briefing on Tuesday.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Catherine Martin met with Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Tuesday, a meeting that was scheduled before Dr Holohan’s revelation.

Ms Martin has come under intense scrutiny in recent days after the live entertainment industry denounced the government’s decision to allow 40,000 GAA fans to attend the All-Round Hurling Finals. Ireland at Croke Park as they still have no date to return to work.

The streets around Croke Park were filled with hundreds of GAA fans, and the Gardaí had to shut down pubs in the interest of public safety.

However, the Irish Mirror understands that Minister Martin wrote to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on July 23 with a proposal to allow fully vaccinated people to attend music festivals.

She said in her letter that there was a need to plan how the Covid Certificates, which were used to facilitate the reopening of meals inside, could also be used to resume live events.

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She wrote to the minister again on July 28, submitted the same proposals to the Cabinet subcommittee on August 4, and contacted the coalition leaders on August 6.

In an updated presentation, Minister Martin proposed that all indoor events be reopened for fully vaccinated people.

A government source said that although it was late summer, “it’s not over yet,” following Dr Holohan’s remarks at Tuesday’s NPHET briefing regarding outdoor festivals.

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Speaking to Newstalk, Minister Donnelly said, “I think there is a lot of credit to this.

“We have an entertainment industry that’s been going through a really brutal time, so as always we want to do everything we can to open up safely, we want to open up in a way that people don’t have to shut down. same time. .

“We’re going to look and see what public health advice comes to us after today.

“The risk of transmission is considerably lower in a group of fully vaccinated people, and obviously the risk for all of these people is also considerably lower because the vaccines are so effective. “

Another source said Minister Martin knew there would be a backlash when the decision was made to allow 40,000 fans to attend the All-Ireland final while no decision had yet been made on events in direct.

In July, Minister Martin told the Irish Mirror the government at the time was focusing on reopening indoor meals, but she believed it was also possible for vaccine passes to pick up on events live.

Minister Martin will now attend the Cabinet subcommittee on Friday where Dr Holohan will make a presentation to leaders of the Disease Trajectory Coalition.

The Irish Mirror understands that Minister Martin’s department today received a contact from one of the organizers of Electric Picnic, MCD Managing Director Denis Desmond.

Mr Desmond has called on the government to make a decision on whether Electric Picnic could take place no later than tomorrow.

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However, that will prove difficult as the NPHET is expected to send its updated advice to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly later this evening ahead of the Cabinet ministers meeting on Friday.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will meet with representatives from the entertainment and arts sectors on Monday.



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