Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
458. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the circus sector can reopen following the most recent announcement on Resilience and Recovery: The Path Ahead; if there has been engagement with the circus sector considering the public health emphasis on larger event spaces; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30778/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 458 and 528 together.
Decisions on COVID-19 public health measures are the responsibility of Government and are made by Cabinet, on foot of advice from NPHET and the Minister for Health. In line with the plan set out in The Path Aheadthe Government has been implementing a limited phased easing of some restrictions for the month of June. Later this month, the Government will make further decisions which should allow for the continued phased reopening of the music and entertainment sectors for the critical summer season, as the public health situation permits.
Circus events are generally held indoors and in accordance with the Plan from the 5thJuly and subject to the public health situation at the time, a maximum of 50 attendees will be allowed at the majority of indoor venues. A maximum of 100 will be allowed attend events in larger venues with strict public health measures in place.