Cabinet met today to discuss the rephasing of the government roadmap, including the early reopening of hairdressers and barbers, with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirming that they have been given the green light to open at the end of this month.
Members of the Cabinet met this afternoon to discuss recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on phase three of the easing of restrictions. Scheduled to commence on June 29th, hairdressers and barbers have been canvassing for an early reopening for some time - with the Irish Hairdressers Federation even releasing a document of over 100 specific proposals that would allow hairdressers to get back to work this month instead of next.
Saying that the country's spirit of hope has proven to be contagious, An Taoiseach confirmed that Cabinet has approved the rephasing of the government roadmap - giving the go-ahead to salons and barbershops to reopen three weeks earlier than planned on June 29th.
According to the Hairdressers Federation Incoming President, Danielle Kennedy, there are over 1,000 people already on her waiting list for when her two salons reopen - so, it's safe to say that she'll be extremely busy.
NPHET also provided clarity on sports activity and public gatherings, both indoors and outdoors - detailing measures that would allow for the further acceleration of previously announced dates.
Groups of up to 50 people will be allowed indoors from the end of this month, with that number expected to rise to 100 come July 20th. Outdoor gatherings of 200 people will be allowed from Monday, June 29 - increasing to gatherings of 500 people from July 20. The reopening of gyms and other indoor facilities has also been brought forward to phase three so long as proper social distancing and hygiene measures are in place.
All sporting activities, including close contact sports and team leagues for adults and children, will also be allowed to resume, along with competitive action, however, spectator numbers will be limited.
Finishing by saying that we are making progress, An Taoiseach reiterated that there are terms and conditions to the easing of restrictions also reminding the public that personal responsibility is of the utmost importance as we move forward.
More to follow.
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