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Everything you need to know about latest easing of COVID restrictions…

DUBLIN: The government has decided to lift the inter-county travel ban on May 10. Hairdressers, barbers, and salons, as well as click and collect shopping, are set to reopen on the same day. The decision was made last night at the Cabinet Committee on COVID-19 meeting.

The number of people permitted to attend normal services in worship centers has been increased to 50. The number would be the same for funerals and weddings, but only six people can attend the wedding reception indoors or 15 outdoors. However, in June, this will be increased to 25.

House viewings in person is allowed from May 10, and three households can meet outside. Driving tests will also resume on the same day.

The construction industry will reopen on May 4, while retail stores will reopen on May 17.

There were rumors that outdoor dining and beer gardens would reopen on May 24, but it was confirmed yesterday that it will reopen on June 7. The date will be the same for restaurants, pubs or other food outlets. The date for indoor dining has not yet been decided, but it is expected to reopen in July.

On June 2, hotels and B&Bs can reopen. It is understood that they will be allowed to serve residents indoors. Gyms and swimming pools can reopen on June 7, but only for individual training. Sports matches can also resume on June 7, but no audiences will be permitted.

From May 10, three vaccinated households can meet each other. Currently, only two are permitted. On the same day, one vaccinated household can meet a non-vaccinated household indoors.

Following the meeting, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said that the Cabinet will not diverge from NPHET’s recommendations on easing restrictions. He said that it is still necessary to be vigilant, increase vaccination rates, and reduce the number of infections.

The measures needed to be approved by the entire cabinet today (Thursday) afternoon.

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