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Pubs, restaurants and schools 'could apply 1-metre rule' when re-opening

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'Do not despair. Pubs will breathe freedom again. Its a question of how and when.' (stock image)

'Do not despair. Pubs will breathe freedom again. Its a question of how and when.' (stock image)

'Do not despair. Pubs will breathe freedom again. Its a question of how and when.' (stock image)

Pubs, restaurants and schools may be allowed to implement a one-metre physical distancing rule when they reopen under plans being discussed within Government.

Ministers will examine whether the current 2m social distancing rule could be relaxed for certain sectors where it would be difficult to apply.

It comes after some Cabinet ministers suggested Ireland should follow other European countries in reducing the distancing rule to 1m at last Friday's cabinet meeting.