The path to a life living alongside Coronavirus is becoming clearer as the Government has announced guidelines for a range of different elements of society.
People involved in weddings, funerals, indoor and outdoor gatherings, hairdressers, cinemas, theaters and sport have all been issued with clear guidance on how to proceed over the coming weeks.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made the announcement after his cabinet signed off on proposals following a meeting with the National Public Health Emergency Team which took place on Thursday.
On indoor gatherings, there will be a 50 person limit introduced on June 29 and that will be extended to 100 from July 20.
Four outdoor gatherings, the limit will be 200 from June 29 and 500 from July 20.
These will have impacts on things like weddings, funerals, sporting events, restaurants, bars and possibly gigs.
On the sporting end, all team based sports will be allowed to resume their full action from June 29 – earlier than the July 20 date that had been proposed.
Meanwhile hairdressers and barbers, who had previously not been permitted to reopen until July 20, will now be allowed to reopen on June 29.
Churches are also allowed to reopen from June 29 too.
Gyms, cinemas, leisure centres and theaters are also allowed to reopen on June 29.
Taoiseach Varadkar said: “These past few months have been among the toughest in our country’s history.
“We got through this by not giving way to despair… The spirit of hope brought us to where we are now… Able to accelerate the reopening of our country.
“Most things are now being moved to Phase 3.
“We will all need to be careful. Sports will take place with very limited numbers of spectators … The virus hasn’t gone away.
“In the years to come we will never forget how the world was upended in 2020.”