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Taoiseach confirms COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in May; Shops and hairdressers can open

DUBLIN: Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced that the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in May. Speaking at the Fianna Fáil’s annual 1916 Easter Rising commemoration, the Taoiseach stated that he was in favour of allowing hairdressers, high street shops, and construction sites to open.

The Taoiseach confirmed at the meeting that he had approved a plan to reopen shops and hairdressers in May.

“The last year has been an incredibly tough one for Ireland and the world. A once-in-a-century pandemic has caused unprecedented harm. Getting Ireland through this pandemic is my absolute priority,” Mr. Martin said.

“There is no off-the-shelf handbook for dealing with such rapidly evolving and uniquely devastating virus. And there is no positive purpose served in looking for instant judgements everyday. The commitment of the Irish people to respecting the restrictions has dramatically reduced the spread of a virus which is today dramatically more contagious than it was 12 months ago,” he added.

The Taoiseach’s decision is expected to come in the wake of further relaxations in Northern Ireland next week. Northern Ireland plans to reopen all restaurants, hotels, and bars by May 24th.

“We have begun the gradual steps of lifting some restrictions. And if we can maintain control of the virus we will go as fast as possible in lifting more. And we will move ahead with an unprecedented vaccine programme. We will review progress in the days ahead and set out the steps which we can implement in May,” the Taoiseach said.

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