The government has confirmed the reopening dates for many sectors of the economy in the coming months.
A phased reopening over May and June will have an emphasis on outdoor activity and a moderate increase in social contact.
“Think safe, think outdoors” – has been decided as the theme for the summer of 2021.
All remaining construction can recommence from 4th May.
Following this, the following measures will apply:
From 10 May
an increase in the numbers that can meet outdoors for social/recreational purposes, including in private gardens – maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households. This limit of 6 does not include their children aged 12 or younger
organised outdoor gatherings with a maximum attendance of 15 people
outdoor training for adults in pods of a maximum of 15 people
phased reopening of non-essential retail. Click and collect by appointment and outdoor retail can recommence from 10 May. All remaining retail to reopen from 17 May
reopening of personal services by appointment
reopening of galleries, museums, other cultural attractions
libraries to reopen for lending services. No access to reader spaces/PCs
recommencement of religious services. It is advised that other religious ceremonies such as Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time
funerals – 50 mourners permitted at service. Related events, either before or after, should not take place
weddings – 50 guests permitted at service (civil or religious). For celebrations/receptions, a maximum of 6 people for indoor gatherings and 15 people for outdoor gatherings
inter-county travel can resume
increase in numbers on public transport, up to 50% of normal capacity
From 10 May, indoor private home visiting can be permitted (without masks or social distancing) in the following cases:
fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than 3 households present
fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household, provided that they are not at risk of severe illness
From 2 June
Accommodation services including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels can reopen. Services including leisure facilities, indoor restaurant and bar services must be restricted to overnight guests/residents only.
From 7 June
outdoor sports matches can recommence. No spectators are permitted
cinemas can reopen
gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres can reopen for individual training only
outdoor services in restaurants and bars can recommence, with groups limited to a maximum of 6 people
the numbers of guests attending wedding celebrations/receptions can increase to 25
visiting indoors in private homes – visitors from one other household can be permitted
The government has said that a number of ‘higher-risk’ activities will be considered over the coming period for later in the year, including: