Taoiseach Micheál Martin "determined" to look at reopening non-essential retail in May 2 months ago

Taoiseach Micheál Martin "determined" to look at reopening non-essential retail in May

He said they will also start to look at the possibility of reopening personal services at the end of this month.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he is "determined" to look at reopening non-essential retail and personal services in May.

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Martin said he is confident in the vaccination rollout and believes there will be room to look at the reopening of a "number of other areas" in the coming months.

Speaking on Virgin Media News, he said: "It is challenging, and that is the nature of Covid-19, it was pointed out to me this morning that the task force has had to deal with 23 changes since the commencement of the vaccination programme.

"I am confident that we are on track, I think we have made good progress, we have done what we said we would do in respect of the schools and lifting the 5k, we're determined to look at a number of other areas like retail and personal services at the end of this month to see what we can do in May.

"We do understand people are under a lot of pressure, businesses are under a lot of pressure."

Earlier in the week, the Taoiseach said that from the end of May, the Government will also begin to look at the possibility of allowing hotels, guest houses, and B&Bs to reopen in June.

The Taoiseach was speaking at the virtual Hospitality & Tourism Expo taking place on Tuesday.

He added in his opening message that the Government must take measures to ensure the hospitality sector and its workers are able to recover after the pandemic.

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“I want to reassure you that the sacrifices your industry has been asked to make are not in vain," Martin said.

"There is light at the end of the tunnel and it is closer each day."