A final decision on the reopening of indoor service in bars and restaurants next week is expected to be taken by Cabinet on Wednesday.

The Government party leaders will hold their regular weekly meeting this evening amid expectations that the reopening of indoor hospitality is on track.

The bill that paves the way for the reopening has been passed by the Dáil and Seanad.

The President must now decide this week if he will sign the legislation.

It will likely be Wednesday before the President makes a decision on the whether to sign legislation.

In accordance with normal procedure, the President has five to seven days to sign the legislation.

The guidelines for the reopening of bars and restaurants are still being finalised by Fáilte Ireland.

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New new NPHET advise on indoor dining

The Higher Education Minister has said the Government has not received any new advice from NPHET that would suggest it should do anything other than proceed with the reopening of indoor hospitality.

Simon Harris said Ireland is probably the last country in the EU to reopen indoor dining and the approach will be cautious and prudent.

He said the number of Covid cases is going to increase significantly in the coming days and weeks.

"There is no doubt that the number of people in hospital will somewhat increase as well and we are beginning to see that too," he said.

Minister Harris said this is a race between vaccines and variants and warned that anyone not fully vaccinated is more likely than ever before to get Covid-19.

He called on people who are not vaccinated to exercise extreme caution.

The minister said on the basis of conversations he has had with the Chief Medical Officer, students will be able to return to colleges in September.