WORLD Ireland to further ease COVID-19 restrictions starting from May


Ireland to further ease COVID-19 restrictions starting from May


09:16, April 30, 2021

A woman poses for a photograph on St Patrick's Day at a deserted Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland, Wednesday, March, 17, 2021. (Photo: AP)

DUBLIN, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin on Thursday announced a phased plan to further ease the country's current COVID-19 restrictions starting from next month.

According to the plan, all construction projects can restart from May 4.

From May 10, inter-county travel in Ireland will be allowed; non-essential retail outlets can resume click and collect services; personal services such as barber shops and beauticians can reopen, but customers must make appointments in advance; galleries, museums, libraries and other indoor cultural facilities can reopen; a maximum number of 15 people will be permitted for outdoor gatherings and training; and the number of people for attending a wedding or funeral service will be increased from the current 25 to 50.

From May 17, all non-essential retail outlets can fully resume their business.

Starting from June 2, subject to the public health situation at the time, accommodation services such as hotels and hostels can reopen, but services must be restricted to overnight guests and local residents.

From June 7, people can receive guests from one other household inside their home; all restaurants and bars can provide outdoor services with groups limited to six people; outdoor sports matches can be played but with no spectators; gyms, swimming pools and leisure centers can reopen but only for individual training purposes.

Under the current public health restrictions, people in Ireland can only move within their own county or travel no more than 20 kilometers away from their home if not with essential reasons. All the non-essential retail outlets, personal services and indoor cultural and sports public facilities have remained closed since late December 2020 when the country was placed under a nationwide lockdown due to the third wave of the COVID-19 infections.

The Irish Department of Health on Thursday reported another 474 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths related to the virus.

To date, close to 250,000 people in Ireland have been infected with COVID-19 and nearly 4,900 of them have died from the disease, said the department.

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