A Westport hotelier has welcomed the changes to close contact isolation rules approved by Cabinet Ministers earlier today.

The new regime will come into place from midnight tomorrow.

It means close contacts who have received a Covid booster jab,  and who have no symptoms, won't have to restrict their movements.

Under 40s won't be sent for a PCR test if they have a positive antigen.

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says the HSE website will be upgraded to enable people upload positive antigen tests.

Anyone with a positive test will have to isolate for seven days - instead of ten.

Darren Madden, Mayo chairman of the Irish Hotels Federation - has welcomed the changes in rules for close contacts.

His hotel - the Clew Bay Hotel in Westport- is one of a number of hospitality businesses across the region that are closed temporarily at present, due partly to Covid-related staff absences.

Speaking to Midwest News, he said the changes approved by Cabinet should make it easier for businesses experiencing staff shortages at present..

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