After more than 400 days of lockdown and restrictions on movement and travel, the Irish government has announced details of its reopening roadmap this afternoon.
- Restrictions on inter-county travel lifted; people are free to go anywhere they want in the country
- Barbers, hairdressers, beauty salons and personal services can reopen for bookings only
- Click-and-collect services resume for non-essential retail
- Sports training for adults in groups no larger than 15 can restart
- Public worship to resume with groups of no more than 50; strict restrictions on weddings and funerals to continue.
- Household visits among three households but in garden only unless fully vaccinated.
- Full resumption for construction industry.
- All non-essential retail can open
- Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs can open and can serve food and drinks indoors to residents.
- Pubs and restaurants can serve food outdoors.
- Gyms reopen.
And the Rest?
- No firm date has been given for when restaurants and pubs can resume indoor dining service, but it is thought it will be later in June or in July.
- Weddings of 25 people will be allowed at some point in June.
- No date specified for the reopening of cinemas, theatres and indoor attractions, but it is thought to be June or July.
And international travel?
No date has been announced for the resumption of international travel, but disappointingly, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said in the Dáil today that it would be “many months” before Ireland was at the stage when it could welcome back international visitors.