Ireland has announced a five-phase lockdown exit plan which is to begin on 18 May.
Leo Varadkar, the country’s prime minister has said that the country can only move from one phase to another if the COVID-19 Coronavirus remains under control, and has said that physical distancing measures will need to remain in place until a vaccine for the virus is available.
Key dates in the exit plan include;
- Some retail outlets will be allowed to open from May 18th, while construction and outdoor work will restart. Small gatherings of friends and family in the open will also be allowed.
- Small retail outlets and public libraries will be allowed to reopen from 8 June where social distancing can be observed
- Cafes and restaurants and also non-essential retail outlets with street-level entrance and exit will reopen from June 29th
- Museums, galleries and places of worship will reopen from July 20th
- Pubs will reopen from August 10th
Schools and colleges are to remain closed until the start of the new academic year. Crèches, childminders and pre-schools will open for children of essential workers from 29 June, and other workers from 20 July.
Full details can be found in the Irish Government’s ‘Roadmap for reopening society and business’.
According to the latest figures, 1,625 people have died in Ireland after contracting COVID-19.