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Easing restrictions: Here are the key dates for Ireland's re-opening

More coronavirus restrictions are being eased from June. Travel, indoor dining and attending spor...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

18.15 28 May 2021


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Easing restrictions: Here are the key dates for Ireland's re-opening

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

18.15 28 May 2021


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More coronavirus restrictions are being eased from June.

Travel, indoor dining and attending sporting events are all on the cards.

June 7th will see outdoor dining back, with pubs and restaurants allowed to serve indoors from July 5th.

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A range of trial events with crowds will be held through June - including Leinster's Rainbow Cup clash with the Dragons, as well as a number of League of Ireland games.

International travel is set to return on July 19th.

It will start with European Union countries under the digital green certificate, but there is a push by Government to expand this to the UK and the US.

While the 50% limit on public transport is also being lifted from August.

Here are the key dates for the next few months:

June

From 2nd June

  • Hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and self catering accommodation can re-open for guests

From 7th June

  • Outdoor services in bars and restaurants can recommence
  • Up to 200 people can attend outdoor events in venues with a minimum capacity of 5,000 - and up to 100 can attend other outdoor events
  • Cinemas and theatres will re-open
  • Driver theory test services will re-open - along with an incremental re-opening of Driver Test Centres
  • Day centres for older people will also see a phased re-opening

There will also be a number of pilot sporting and cultural events taking place in June and early July

July

From 5th July:

  • Return of indoor services in restaurants and bars
  • Indoor events will recommence, with maximum of 100 attendees in larger venues and 50 in all others
  • A further increase in the numbers attending outdoor events
  • Indoor exercise and sports activities will return
  • A further relaxation on visits to private homes
  • Up to 50 guests will be able to attend wedding receptions

August

From 5th August

  • A further increase in numbers attending indoor events - with 200 in larger venues and 100 in all others
  • A further increase in numbers attending outdoor events
  • The 50% capacity restriction on public transport will be lifted
  • Up to 100 guests will be able to attend weddings

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In an address to the nation earlier, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the end of the coronavirus pandemic 'is within our grasp'.

He said the country is almost back to a point of 'enjoying ordinary moments' again.

"After the trauma of the last 15 months, we are finally taking definite steps towards enjoying normal times with friends and loved ones again.

"We are almost back to a point where we can just enjoy the ordinary, extraordinary moments in our lives.

"The sense of hope, excitement and relief is palpable", he said.

He also praised Ireland's high rate of vaccine uptake, calling it "perhaps the most dramatic and constructive evidence of our respect for science".

But he added that the coming month could be 'the most important test' since the pandemic began.

And that while everyone 'wants out' of the restrictions, guidelines still need to be followed.

"If we continue to mind each other, if we continue to make the right choices, be vigilant, take our vaccine when our turn comes - if we continue to do all these things, the end of this is within our grasp," he said.

Main image: Manager Chris Moore pulls a pint of Guinness in McDonnells Pub in Newbridge, Co Kildare in September 2020. Picture by: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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