Government to decide on the easing of restrictions

Thursday, April 29

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The Cabinet is to meet to consider a plan on reopening the economy and society over the next couple of months.

The Cabinet sub-committee on covid met in Government Buildings last night, to consider NPHET'S recommendations on the easing of restrictions in May, June and July.

The Government also received advice last night from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

People are expected to be allowed to travel across the country from 10 May.

Hairdressers and barbers will reopen for appointments. 

Click-and-collect retail and team sports training will also resume from 10 May.

Up to 50 people will be allowed to attend religious services including weddings, funerals and masses.

However, indoor wedding parties will remain capped at six guests and 15 for outdoor celebrations.

Also on 10 May, three households can meet outdoors including in private gardens and a vaccinated household can meet an unvaccinated one indoors.

This is to allow grandparents in particular meet their extended families.

Three vaccinated households can also meet indoors.

Outdoor events with up to 15 people will be allowed from this date. All construction workers will return to sites either on or before 10 May.

On 17 May all shops will be able to reopen and on 2 June hotels and guesthouses will be open again.

Outdoor hospitality including restaurants and all pubs will reopen on 7 June.

Sports matches will also resume on 7 June, but no crowds will be allowed to attend.