Coronavirus: Taoiseach announces reopening roadmap acceleration

Clay Curtis
June 7, 2020

As it stands, hairdressers and beauticians won't be allowed to reopen until phase 4 of the Government roadmap, with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar predicting that that date will be around the July 20th mark.

The Taoiseach's announcement came after a Cabinet meeting earlier today to discuss the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Members of the public will be allowed to travel anywhere within their own county, or within 20km of their own homes, whichever distance is greater. Shops will also provide dedicated hours for those who are over 70 or in an at risk group.

For both public health and economic reasons people are being encouraged to shop locally as much as possible.

Summer is not lost and this can be a summer of hope if we keep the virus at bay. We are making progress. And we have earned the right to be hopeful about the future again.

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From Monday, groups of up to six people can meet in other households as long as social distancing is maintained.

The Irish Government has also announced a series of additional measures for children and older people, with plans for phased reintroduction of visiting at nursing homes and permission for playgroups and summer camps to operate.

Certain types of "elite sports training" will also be allowed to take place again, and groups of up to 15 people will be allowed to meet for outdoors sports. It is envisaged that travel restrictions will be lifted completely by Phase 3, while businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry, such as hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and pubs that serve food and can operate table service, will also be allowed to reopen.

Latest figures also show that 38 new cases have been confirmed. Today, I can confirm that it is safe to move to Phase 2 of the plan to reopen our country from Monday.

"Thanks to your actions we have now reached that point". We got into this fight against COVID-19 together, and we will only get out of it together.

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