Pub opening hours could be extended as Covid rise causes concern

Pub opening hours could be extended under new government plans aimed at discouraging house parties.

According to the Irish Independent, venues serving food could be allowed open longer due to concern about gatherings in homes after they close at 11pm.

It comes as 67 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed across 13 counties, the majority in Dublin and Kildare, and at least one of them in Donegal. The county is now on the verge of 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began, with the CSO reporting 41 deaths in the county, the last of them four months ago.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer's warning people to continue to socially distance to prevent Ireland returning to where it was in March and April.

Dr Nuala O'Connor from the Irish College of General Practitioners says the rise in cases remains a worry........