Ireland has announced its roadmap out of lockdown that will lead to non-essential retail being reopened from 17 May.
The country’s Prime Minister Micheál Martin addressed the nation to say that “hope is returning” and to set out two-phase lifting of lockdown restrictions (divided into four key dates) working towards 7 June, but the country has not yet committed to date when indoor hospitality, indoor sports, mass gatherings and international travel might resume.
Non-essential retail will reopen in two step with click & collect and “retail by appointment” resuming from 10 May and a full reopening on 17 May. Also on 10 May hairdressers and beauty services, museums, libraries and galleries will all reopen.
People will also be permitted to travel between counties and weddings and funerals for up to 50 will be permitted.
After non-essential retail reopening on 17 May, the next phase will begin on 2 June when hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels can be opened again.
Outdoor dining, outdoor sports matches and cinemas will be able to resume from 7 June. Any further lifting of restrictions from July onwards are yet to be announced.
The phased reopening will be subject to the situation regarding COVID-19 remaining stable, Martin said.
“I understand the huge desire there is from people just to be able to make a living again and I thank you in particular for the sacrifices you have made. It is your determination to get back to successful trading which convinces me that our society and our economy will recover,” Martin told the nation in a televised address.