‘It is a good day’ – An Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the nation tonight as he announced a major lifting of almost all Covid-19 restictions.
Ireland’s hospitality sector will return to pre-pandemic norms from 6am tomorrow. So too will indoor and outdoor events, sports events and weddings.
Masks will continue to be required in the same settings as before. The Department of Health will continue with their advice on close contacts, symptoms and positive cases for now, with measures to be reviewed at the end of February.
The lifting of measures also include no limits on household gatherings, no domestic use of Covid Pass and nightclubs can reopen.
“Spring is coming and I don’t know if I’ve ever looked forward to one as much as this,” Mr Martin said as he looked forward to social events once more.
Spring is coming.
We need to see each other again,
we need to see each other smile,
we need to sing again. pic.twitter.com/149ZHQLfJx
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) January 21, 2022
He said that Ireland has weathered the Omicron storm due to the massive vaccination update, the effort of frontline workers and the sacrifices of the public.
The pandemic is not over, he warned, and the changes being made today will probably lead to a short term, but limited, rise in cases.
“It is time to be ourselves again,” Mr Martin said in his concluding remarks.
OFFICIAL: Regulations Signed to lift the restrictions tomorrow.
Throughout this pandemic I’ve had to sign dozens of regulations imposing restrictions on people. It was necessary, but never easy.
This evening, signing a regulation that removes those restrictions is a privilege pic.twitter.com/pyGBnKJzfL
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) January 21, 2022