Phased easing of restrictions commences today

A phased easing of Level 5 restrictions comes into place today Monday April 12th as follows:

In-school teaching to fully return
You can meet 1 other household outside but not in your garden or theirs
You can travel within your county or within 20km of your home if crossing county boundaries
All residential construction can resume, as well as early-learning and childcare projects

From 19 April

Training for and playing of National Governing Body sanctioned and organised adult inter-county National Gaelic Games Leagues not including under 20 or minor competitions
High performing athletes, as approved by Sport Ireland, can resume

From 26 April (subject to prevailing public health situation)

Outdoor sports facilities can reopen (for example: pitches, golf courses and tennis courts, other facilities as appropriate)
Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen (for example: zoos, open pet farms, heritage sites). Amusement parks are not permitted to open
Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 or fewer can resume
Maximum attendance at funerals will increase to 25

Under consideration from 4 May (subject to prevailing public health situation)

Full reopening of construction activity
Phased return of non-essential retail commencing with click and collect and outdoor retail, for example: garden centres/nurseries
Recommencement of personal services on a staggered basis
Reopening of museums, galleries and libraries
Recommencement of religious services on a staggered basis

“After taking full account of the current status of COVID-19 in the community, and the public health advice, the government has come to the view that a widespread lifting of restrictions in advance of substantial vaccination would lead to unacceptable increases in infections, hospitalisations and deaths – and thus the very real prospect of having to, once again, reintroduce restrictions”.

“The better and safer approach is to continue with a phased easing of restrictions until a substantial level of vaccination has been achieved, and then reopen our society. The vaccination programme has entered its second phase, seeing a significant increase in the scale and speed of vaccinations”.

“As the vaccine programme is scaled up, people are encouraged to stay local and to continue to choose outdoor options over indoor options where possible”.

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