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More relaxed measures will come into place this Monday 29th June as Ireland enters Phase 3 of the reopening roadmap.
Almost all remaining businesses will be welcoming customers back this week after a three-month closure, including hotels, restaurants, pubs that serve food, gyms, hairdressers and barbers.
Churches will reopen with social distancing measures. Museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas will also be allowed to reopen, however, reopening dates have not yet been confirmed for Donegal’s main cinemas.
Pubs that only serve drinks will not be allowed to reopen until 20th July. The rest of the hospitality sector will be back in action from this week, including sit-in cafes and restaurants, pubs and hotel bars serving food, hotels and holiday parks.
Sporting activities will resume from Monday, with limitations on the number of spectators permitted. Mass gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and 200 people outdoors will be permitted.
Creches and childcare facilities, summer camps, youth clubs and adult educational facilities can also reopen.
From 29 June, the government is still encouraging everyone to continue to work from home as much as possible.
“The basic public health guidelines will become even more critical as more people are moving around,” said Elizabeth Canavan, Assistant Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach.
Ms Canavan said: “As Government steps back population-wide restrictions, we are asking you to “step up” for yourself, your family and your community. Now we are asking business owners and service providers to think about how they are protecting customers and clients. We are asking you to know how to assess the risk of a particular activity or event and make an informed decision as to whether it is safe to participate.”