Public health officials to discuss easing restrictions

Monday, March 29

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The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) meets today to consider changes to the current level 5 restrictions from April 5.

Any recommendations from NPHET will be communicated directly to the governments ‘Sub-Committee on Covid’ who are due to meet later Monday evening.

The full Cabinet is due to meet on Tuesday and ministers will make a final decision before any changes are announced later that evening.

Over the past few days, there has been increased speculation that there will be an extension to the current 5km limit.

A phased return on construction activity is also being examined.

There have been growing concerns among Ministers and TD’s about people's mental health with many pushing for an easing of restrictions on some outdoor sports.

The Government seems very aware of the public's current mood on restrictions but remains concerned about a possible fourth wave of coronavirus.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he hopes to set out a broader plan for May and June, in possible 4 or 6 week blocks.

This broader plan will give some indication to the return of non essential retail, outdoor dining and personal services.

However, exact dates for the reopening of these sectors are not expected yet.