With summer fast approaching here are some of the things we can expect to be able to do from June:

From 2 June (subject to the public health situation at the time)

Activity Guidance
Accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels) Can reopen but services must be restricted to overnight guests and residents

From 7 June (subject to the public health situation at the time)

Activity Guidance
Visitors You can have visitors from one other household inside your home
Restaurants and bars Outdoor services can resume with groups limited to 6 people
Weddings Maximum guests at reception increases to 25
Outdoor sports matches Can be played but with no spectators
Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres Can reopen for individual training only

The government decided to move ahead with the Recovery and Resilience: The Path Ahead plan. We are now in the early stages of the Recovery phase of the pandemic. The National Vaccination Programme is well advanced and thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Irish people, there has been a marked improvement in the status of the virus in the community.

The decision is based on advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), that a cautious and gradual phased reopening over May and June, with an emphasis on outdoor activity and a moderate increase in social contact, can be considered low to medium risk. NPHET has advised that there is scope to ease a range of public health measures in this manner with sufficient time between any easing of measures to assess the impact.

This allows us to continue through the Recovery phase, focusing on what is safest and generates the most benefit and with a focus on outdoors activities – both social and economic. Think safe, think outdoors – this must be our theme for the summer of 2021. (courtesy irl gov)