Ireland announces dates for when some lockdown restrictions will be lifted

Some lockdown restrictions in Ireland are to be lifted in the coming weeks, the country’s prime minister has said.

Micheál Martin declared that “hope is returning” as he made the announcement in a TV address to the nation.

From 10 May:

• Hairdressers, barbers, beauticians will be able to reopen, and people will be able to travel between counties.

• Click and collect for non-essential retail can resume.

• Museums, libraries and galleries can reopen.

• And a maximum of 50 people will be allowed at weddings and funerals.

From 17 May:

• All retail will be allowed to reopen.

From 2 June – subject to the public health situation at the time:

• Hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels can be open again.

From 7 June – also subject to conditions:

• Bars and restaurants can open outside in groups of up to six customers.

• Outdoor sports matches can be played again but with no spectators.

• Cinemas can reopen, along with gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres for individual training only.

Looking ahead to July and beyond, Mr Martin said he hoped to see aviation and tourism get back to business, and students back on campus.

“We can do all of these things and more,” he said, so long as the country remains “careful” as it eases restrictions.

No dates were given for indoor hospitality, indoor sports, mass gatherings and international travel.

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