IRELAND will move to Phase 3 of the roadmap to reopen the country, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed.
Speaking at Dublin Castle, Mr Varadkar said that following advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team and Government department almost all remaining businesses and amenities can reopen from Monday 29 June.
He said some travel restrictions between Ireland and other countries will be eased from 9 July.
A “green list” of countries will be published prior to 9 July, with the 14-day quarantine that is currently in place not applicable to travel from these countries from that date.
The Taoiseach said this list of countries will be reviewed every two weeks.
The Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that the wearing of face coverings on public transport will be made mandatory. He said there will be a sanction for non-compliance.
Minister Harris said the move is necessary in order to allow capacity on public transport to increase.
Restaurants, pubs, cinemas, music venues leisure facilities, bingo halls, arcades, skating rinks, amusement parks and gyms are also cleared to welcome customers again. However, nightclubs will remain closed until at least July 10.