New public health measures announced: The Path Ahead

A guide to the changes announced this evening

From 10 May

Activity Guidance

Travel You can travel between counties in Ireland

Visitors to your garden Maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households

Outdoor gatherings Maximum 15 people

Outdoor training Maximum 15 people

Retail Click and collect services can resume

Personal services (hairdressers, barbers, beauticians ) Can reopen for customers with appointments only

Galleries, museums, libraries and other cultural attractions Can reopen

Funerals Maximum 50 mourners at service. No other events to take place

Weddings Maximum 50 guests at service. Maximum 6 guests at indoor reception or 15 outdoors

Public transport Public transport will run at 50 percent capacity

Vaccine bonus If you are vaccinated - you can visit other households indoors

From 17 May

Activity Guidance

Retail All retail can reopen

From 2 June (subject to the public health situation at the time )

Activity Guidance

Accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels ) Can reopen but services must be restricted to overnight guests and residents

From 7 June (subject to the public health situation at the time )

Activity Guidance

Visitors You can have visitors from one other household inside your home

Restaurants and bars Outdoor services can resume with groups limited to 6 people

Weddings Maximum guests at reception increases to 25

Outdoor sports matches Can be played but with no spectators

Cinemas Can reopen

Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres Can reopen for individual training only

Today the government decided to move ahead with the Recovery and Resilience: The Path Ahead plan. We are now in the early stages of the Recovery phase of the pandemic. The National Vaccination Programme is well advanced and thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Irish people, there has been a marked improvement in the status of the virus in the community.

The decision is based on advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET ), that a phased reopening over May and June, with an emphasis on outdoor activity and a moderate increase in social contact, can be considered low to medium risk.

This allows us to continue through the Recovery phase, focusing on what is safest and generates the most benefit and with a focus on outdoors activities – both social and economic. Think safe, think outdoors – this must be our theme for the summer of 2021. The government has agreed that the following measures will apply:

What you can do in May

Continue to protect yourself and others by following public health advice.

From 4 May

All remaining construction can recommence.

From 10 May

an increase in the numbers that can meet outdoors for social/recreational purposes, including in private gardens – maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households. This limit of 6 does not include their children aged 12 or younger

organised outdoor gatherings with a maximum attendance of 15 people

outdoor training for adults in pods of a maximum of 15 people

phased reopening of non-essential retail. Click and collect by appointment and outdoor retail can recommence from 10 May. All remaining retail to reopen from 17 May

reopening of personal services by appointment

reopening of galleries, museums, other cultural attractions

libraries to reopen for lending services. No access to reader spaces/PCs

recommencement of religious services. It is advised that other religious ceremonies such as Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time

funerals – 50 mourners permitted at service. Related events, either before or after, should not take place

weddings – 50 guests permitted at service (civil or religious ). For celebrations/receptions, a maximum of 6 people for indoor gatherings and 15 people for outdoor gatherings

inter-county travel can resume

increase in numbers on public transport, up to 50% of normal capacity

Vaccine bonus

From 10 May, indoor private home visiting can be permitted (without masks or social distancing ) in the following cases:

fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than 3 households present

fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household, provided that they are not at risk of severe illness

This applies to:

persons who have received AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria ) – 4 weeks after dose 1

persons who have received Janssen/Johnson & Johnson – 2 weeks after dose 1 (only dose )

persons who have received Pfizer – 1 weeks after dose 2

persons who have received Moderna – 2 weeks after dose 2

persons who have had a confirmed COVID-19 infection in the previous 6 months

What you can do in June (subject to the public health situation at the time )

Continue to protect yourself and others by following public health advice.

From 2 June

Accommodation services including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels can reopen. Services including leisure facilities, indoor restaurant and bar services must be restricted to overnight guests/residents only.

From 7 June

outdoor sports matches can recommence. No spectators are permitted

cinemas can reopen

gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres can reopen for individual training only

outdoor services in restaurants and bars can recommence, with groups limited to a maximum of 6 people

the numbers of guests attending wedding celebrations/receptions can increase to 25

visiting indoors in private homes – visitors from one other household can be permitted

Next steps

A number of higher-risk activities will be considered over the coming period for later in the year, including:

indoor hospitality (restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos )

indoor team/group sports including matches, training and exercise classes

mass gatherings/events (including spectators ) indoors and outdoors

international travel

Business supports

Recovery will include economic measures to help businesses and get people back to work. Clear sectoral guidance and supports for business will be provided at each stage to ensure safe reopening. There will be no cliff edge in financial supports for businesses.

Any business currently availing of CRSS and that can now reopen as restrictions are eased will be able to avail of double restart week payments for two weeks subject to the statutory maximum of €5,000 per week to support them in meeting the costs of reopening as they exit the scheme.


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