The Cabinet meets today to decide on a plan for easing summer Covid-19 restrictions
We’ll know more on Thursday.
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has promised to make a “comprehensive statement” on the plan for reopening the country after four months in lockdown when he addresses the nation tomorrow evening.
In the meantime, the Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 meets again this morning to discuss which restrictions can be eased in June and July, with construction, personal services such as hairdressers and barbers, religious services, adults outdoor sports training, and non-essential retail expected to reopen in May.
Speaking to reporters last night, Micheál Martin said the nation can expect some “clarity” on the next steps, but refused to be drawn on any dates.
“We’ll make a comprehensive statement on Thursday, a very comprehensive statement, we’ll give plenty of clarity,” he said.
“We gave dates and timelines for the month of April, we’ve honoured those, so far so good, the Irish people have responded magnificently to the guidelines, all we open we want to keep open this time.
“That’s the real prize for the hospitality sector this time; when we open a sector or part of a sector we want it to be for the long haul.”
The Taoiseach said he expects to be able to outline a plan for reopening hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in June, restoring hope for domestic hospitality this summer.
“… we’ll see what we can do there,” he said.