Ireland lays out plan to ease lockdown

Ireland lays out plan to ease lockdown



The Irish have outlined their plans to reopening the economy from the 18th May. It involves Opticians at phase 1, although still am unsure if it means a complete back to normal. Ireland's Leo Varadkar has laid out a plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown in the country that will see restrictions start to ease.

Under the plan set out by the Taoiseach on Friday evening, the country will begin a five-step process will to to reopen the country "in a slow, phased way" from mid-May.

The five-step plan will see some restrictions lifted every three weeks until mid-August, assuming the virus remains under control.

1) On 18 May, outdoor meetings between people from different households would be permitted, while outdoor public amenities will re-open.

2) On 8th June libraries and some retail outlets would re-open, with visits to other households permitted.

3) On 29th June small social gatherings are to be permitted, while non-essential retail outlets could re-open.

4) On 20th July childcare providers are to be re-opened, a return to work for those who cannot work from home, a re-opening of museums, galleries, places of worship, and a "gradual easing of restrictions" for hairdressers and other higher risk services.

5) And phase five, from 10 August, would see the country fully re-opened, with larger social gatherings and a return to work across all sectors.