Ireland lockdown: Pubs will not reopen as Phase 4 move cancelled, Varadkar says Kate Ng, The Independent · August 5, 2020 at 6:01 pm Ireland will not move forward to Phase Four of the country’s coronavirus exit plan, it has been announced. This means pubs and bars, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed, and the current restriction on indoor and outdoor gatherings “will remain unchanged”. Taoiseach Michael Martin acknowledged the news would come as a “bitter disappointment to many people”. Officials announced a new three-week delay to the full reopening of leisure venues and further restricted travel following a surge of Covid-19 infections. The number of cases doubled, with health officials reporting an average of 46 cases per day over the past seven days, up from an average of 19 in the previous week.