Ministers are deliberating over the next phase of the reopening of Irish society, with an official announcement from Government Buildings expected some time tomorrow.
Among the industries waiting to hear if they can reopen is the hospitality trade, with many businesses yet to reopen since closing their doors in March of 2020. While nothing is certain at present, it is being reported this afternoon that Government sources are "hopeful" of a return to outdoor services, such as in beer gardens, from May 24.
Ahead of Cabinet Committee Meeting tonight there are some suggestions in political circles that “outdoor” pub services (beer gardens) could possibly be allowed re-open from May 24. Not confirmed and still subject to negotiation though.
— Mícheál Lehane (@MichealLehane) April 28, 2021
At tomorrow's announcement, a roadmap for reopening in May, June and July is expected to be set out, with hotels and guesthouses cited for a June return. Speaking earlier today, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said that inter-county travel restrictions will likely be lifted to coincide with this.
Meanwhile, personal services like hairdressers and barbers are expected to have a late-May reopening. NPHET is today working on their recommendations which will then be sent to Government ahead of tomorrow's announcement.
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