An Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said that the next phase of reopening will take account of ‘the danger of indoor’.
The Taoiseach said today that the government will prioritise reopening outdoor dining and training in the coming months, while the Cabinet will be examining retail, hairdressers, religious services and adult sport training in the coming days.
“That outdoor theme is critical because we know that outdoor is less harmful in the context of the spread of this virus than indoor,” Mr Martin told RTE’s The Week in Politics.
“Anything we open now, we want to keep open, we want end this start-stop-close and many different sectors have said that to us.”
“…we understand the danger of indoor,” he said, in relation to the spread of the virus.
Mr Martin said there is cause for optimism in Ireland’s reopening plan.
“April has been good, we are ahead of targets, the strategy has been working in terms of controlling the virus. That will give people confidence in terms of the next phase with the areas that we will examine.”
From Monday, non-contact sporting activities like golf and tennis can resume. Training sessions in other sports will be allowed in pods of 15 for those aged under 18. Outdoor visitor attractions including zoos and wildlife parks can reopen.
The easing of restrictions tomorrow will also see maximum attendance at funerals will increase to 25.