Government announces speeding up of lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

The government has announced a significant speeding up of the lockdown restrictions with the plan reduced from five phases to four.

All retail shops will open from Monday – while pubs with restaurant licences, hotels and the wider hospitality sector will be allowed to open from June 29th.

From Monday people will be allowed to travel anywhere in their county – with all restrictions on movement being lifted at the end of this month.

Playgrounds and outdoor summer camps can re-open next week – while groups of up to 6 people can meet indoors or outdoors with social distancing.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the final phase will now start on July 20th – not in August as previously planned:

Shops that are set to reopen from Monday will be required to operate staggered opening hours.

Shopping centres can welcome customers back on June 15th provided only the shops open.

However they will be required to close off communal areas and remove seating.

Business Minister Heather Humphreys says people shouldn’t be spending large amounts of time hanging around in shopping centres.