Restaurants and pubs are expected to have protection against legal action for refusing indoor dining to people without a vaccine cert.
Three separate hospitality sources involved in yesterday’s negotiations around indoor dining said that restaurants and pubs will be protected under discrimination and GDPR laws, and against falsified certs.
A senior Government official last night said that the Government is “considering all options which will include legislative underpinning for any measures agreed”.
Details of this legal protection will be ironed out over the weekend. Government officials will work on emergency legislation which will be pushed through the Dáil next week in order to allow indoor dining for fully vaccinated people and those who have recovered from infection.
This will be facilitated through the EU Digital Covid Cert, which will be issued from July 12.
Hospitality staff will scan the QR code contained on the cert to grant patrons entry.
Speaking yesterday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: "The issue for us is about protecting people, it's not about discriminating. "I think that's a very unfortunate perspective that's being put on it.