Cabinet to consider travel within counties from 12 April

Tuesday, March 30

By News Team

The Cabinet will meet today to discuss a plan which will start to allow the easing of restrictions from mid-April.

The meeting is due to discuss recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency team (NPHET) and the Cabinet ‘Sub-Committee on Covid’ who met yesterday.

According to some reports, a recommendation is to be put to the Government to allow people to travel within counties from mid-April.

Also likely to be discussed, is a plan that would allow more outdoor activities.

A return to children's sports training in ‘pods’ and senior GAA county is likely in mid or late April.

Various ministers have voiced a desire for construction work to resume on home building, with construction work on commercial properties expected in later weeks.

The rest of primary and secondary schools are to return to the classrooms on 12 April, so some easing of restrictions are anticipated around that date.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, has already stated that he wants to set a broad plan to the easing of restrictions over a number of months, in possible 4 or 6 week blocks..

Last night the Minister Eamon Ryan said the Government would follow a step-by-step approach in the weeks ahead.

He said it was critical to get the next few weeks right to bring the country back on the path to normality.

The Minister was speaking following a lengthy meeting of a Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid where they discussed NPHET’s warning that any major easing of restrictions in the next few weeks would put the country in a ‘perilous position.’