Phase 2 of Ireland's roadmap to recovery is set to be given the official go-ahead today ahead of its start date on Monday.
Yesterday, discussions were held on introducing minor changes to the roadmap map such as bringing forward the reopening of playgrounds from phase 3 into phase 2. It was also reported last night that some large retail stores will be allowed to open on Monday. It will all become clear when Leo Varadkar makes his now triweekly announcement confirming how Ireland will enter the next phase of the roadmap. You can find everything you need to know below...
What time is Leo Varadkar's announcement on the details of phase 2?
The Taoiseach has addressed the nation on a Friday afternoon twice in recent weeks. The first time was to outline Ireland's roadmap to recovery which took place at around 6.30pm on May 1. The second was to confirm Ireland's entry into phase 1 and was delivered at around 4.30pm on May 15.
Confirmation usually comes at short notice but if the government sticks with habit, today's announcement should take place some time around the early evening. Be sure to check in with Lovin for updates throughout the day.
Where can I watch it?
Similar announcements throughout the Covid-19 outbreak have been broadcast live on RTE One, Virgin Media One and RTE News Now.
What is Leo expected to say?
The Taoiseach is expected to confirm that Ireland will enter phase to on Monday June 8, as scheduled. It has been implied that 'the easing burden of lockdown restrictions on young children and their parents' was on the agenda yesterday during National Public Health Emergency Team discussions.
He is also expected to confirm that large retail outlets can open on Monday as long as they have a street entrance. This would rule out stores that are located inside large shopping centres.
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