Nightclubs, cinemas and indoor dining among activities to be considered at end of June 1 year ago

Nightclubs, cinemas and indoor dining among activities to be considered at end of June

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The Government is set to examine a number of higher-risk activities at the end of June for a reopening "later in the year".

The industries expected to be considered include the full reopening of indoor hospitality, including restaurants, bars, nightclubs and casinos, as well as indoor sports and exercise classes.

They will also begin to look at the reintroduction of mass gatherings and events with spectators, both indoors and outdoors, and international travel.

Government officials will also prepare to look at a number of other sectors in "the coming months", such as a plan for an enhanced "higher and further education on-campus experience for the new academic year" and the reopening of cinemas and theatres.

While there is no rigid timeline yet, cinemas could see their doors reopen in June "subject to public health advice".

The proposals are set to plan for the safe reopening of these activities and events "when the public health situation allows".

In an announcement at Government buildings on Thursday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed a gradual lifting of restrictions on a phased basis.

Inter-county travel, hairdressers and barbers, click and collect from retail and outdoor adult sports training in pods of a maximum of 15 people will return from 10 May.

From that date, up to 50 people will be allowed to attend religious services such as weddings and funerals, although indoor wedding receptions will be limited to six people, while outdoor ones will be limited to 15.

Three households will also be allowed to meet up outdoors, including in private gardens, while a vaccinated household will be allowed to meet an unvaccinated household indoors. Three vaccinated households can also meet indoors.

From 17 May, all retail will be allowed to reopen.

From 2 June, hotel and guesthouses will be allowed to reopen, while from 7 June, all outdoor hospitality will be permitted to reopen with groups limited to a maximum of six people.

Matches will also return but with no crowds in attendance.