12:57 Wednesday, 12 January 2022
The changes come in from midnight tomorrow.
The Cabinet has approved changes to close contact isolation rules at a meeting this morning.
The new regime will come into place from midnight tomorrow.
The new changes mean asymptomatic close contacts who have been boosted won’t have to restrict movements.
But they will be advised to take antigen tests and wear medical grade masks.
Non-boosted close contacts will have to restrict for seven days.
Under 40s who test positive on an antigen test won’t need a confirmatory PCR test.
While all confirmed Covid cases will need to isolate for seven days.
The ECDC had wanred the approach isn’t evidence based.
However, Taoiseach Micheál Martin says it’s a balancing act.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly admitted there’s an element of risk to the approach, but added it’ll free people up to return to work.
Yesterday he tweeted the new rules will “ease the burden of isolation and restricted movement restrictions on people.”
Tomorrow Cabinet will discuss proposals to ease the burden of isolation and restricted movement restrictions on people. It’s thanks to your efforts and the amazing work of the booster campaign we are in a position to take this step. https://t.co/e5a2saRFAv
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) January 11, 2022