Video: Nightlife sector prepares to reopen, Covid fears growing, GAA ponder Option B

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Nightlife restrictions

Nightclubs will open today for the first time since March 2020, as a slight easing of Covid-19 restrictions takes effect.

On Thursday night, Minister for Culture Catherine Martin confirmed that nightclubs will be able to return with 100 per cent capacity and live entertainment venues will be permitted to have 1,500 people standing, under the updated guidelines.

The measures, which include extended opening hours beyond 11.30pm and allow customers to queue at the bar, while observing social distancing, are set to be reviewed in the coming weeks.

Covid fears

Officials are warning the public to be vigilant ahead of the back holiday weekend as daily Covid-19 case numbers hover around 1,900.

Speaking in Brussels on Friday, Micheál Martin said the country is beginning to witness the “seasonal backdrop” to the disease as many virologists have suggested Covid peaks in the colder, winter months.

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The Taoiseach has called for a “collective effort” from the public to remain cautious in the weeks and months ahead, while Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the return of restrictions cannot be ruled out.

Murder sentencing

Renato Gehlen has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his wife, Anne Colomines.

Ms Colomines was described in court as a "beautiful, intelligent woman" who loved life and was looking forward to the future.

Mr Justice Michael McGrath sentenced Gehlen to the mandatory life term after hearing statements written by the deceased's mother, Danielle Gallard, sister Alexandra, father Jean Louis and other family members.

Weather warning

A status yellow rainfall warning will be in place for Cork and Kerry from midday on Saturday.

Met Éireann issued the warning shortly after 11am on Friday, with the guidance lasting until midnight on Sunday.

The forecaster is warning of heavy downpours and potential for localised flooding.

GAA decision

GAA delegates are preparing to vote on a motion which could radically restructure the Senior Football Championship.

Motion 18 and 19 will be put to the GAA's Special Congress on Saturday, suggesting various changes to the competition.

The Gaelic Players' Association (GPA) have backed Motion 19, which is being referred to as Option B, which would take the provincial championship out of the All-Ireland competition in favour of a league-like structure.

Option B will only go to a vote if Motion 18 (Option A) is not passed, while the Super 8 system will remain if both motions are voted down.

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