Hairdressers and beauty salons across Donegal could be reopened sooner than planned.
The Taoiseach has said that efforts are being made to revise phases four and five of easing Covid-19 restrictions in order to have the country “almost fully open” by the middle of July.
This includes the beauty sector which under the current plans are due to reopen on 20 July.
Leo Varadkar said that work should be done “probably this week”.
However, he warned that this depended on the virus remaining under control and there was always a risk it “might make a comeback”.
He said the last couple of days have been quite encouraging and only around 1% of the thousands of tests being carried out are coming back positive, “which gives us some reassurance that we’re going in the right direction”.
Mr Varadkar said it is possible that the worst of the pandemic is over but “it is not over yet” and we want to get to a situation where the number of new cases every day are down to or close to zero and that new cases can be dealt with quickly.
He said we do not want to lock down the whole country again and urged people to continue to follow the public health advice on social distancing, hand washing and self-isolating if you feel unwell.
He said that Ireland has been following European and World Health Organization guidelines on facemasks.Tags: