Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government's Green List for safe travel will not be updated until the publication of the medium-term roadmap on dealing with Covid-19 later this month.

The list was to be reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

On 4 August, the Government removed five destinations from the list - Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar, San Marino and Monaco.

Countries currently on the list are Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Slovakia.

People returning from these countries will not have to restrict their movements for a 14-day period.

The National Public Health Emergency Team advice remains against all non-essential foreign travel, regardless of whether a country is on the Green List or not.

Speaking in Dublin, Mr Varadkar said the roadmap will address the Government’s approach to international travel.

He said the incidence of the virus over the past 14 days does not give an indication of how many tests that have been done, so in countries such as Ireland, which carries out a lot of testing, we are going to see more cases.

Mr Varadkar said we also need to look at the positivity rate and Ireland has been very stable now for several weeks.

He said he welcomed the announcement by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that there is going to be a new European approach to international travel where the European Centre for Disease Protection and Control will produce a map with green, red and amber areas.

That is something Ireland can opt into if it chooses to, he said.

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Mr Varadkar said the new roadmap on managing Covid-19 is something the Government wants to get right.

He said there will be peaks and troughs in the disease around the world over the coming months and the roadmap has to be able to respond to that.

As a result, it is not as straightforward as the existing roadmap, he said, but it will give people certainty and a horizon that they can plan against.

The Tánaiste also said that the statutory instrument requiring pubs to keep a record of food orders only applies until 13 September and can be extended or amended after that.

He said it is not about the Government wanting to know what people had to eat, but is about making sure pubs that are serving meals and working as restaurants are actually doing that and abiding by the rules.

Mr Varadkar said he could not give a guarantee that 'wet pubs' will reopen after 13 September and that will be a decision for Government acting on the advice of National Public Health Emergency Team.

However, he said he would like to give publicans a date when reopening will actually happen, because on two occasions in the past they were brought to a point where they thought their pubs were going to be allowed reopen in a few days but did not.