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The Cabinet has agreed to ease lockdown restrictions in Ireland from April 12th.

Earlier this evening. Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressed the nation and outlined what freedoms people can expect to return from next month and the roadmap beyond that.

Here are the key points surrounding the easing of restrictions starting next month:

  • April 12th: Extending the five-kilometre exercise limit to a county-wide limit. You can also travel within 20km of your residence if crossing county boundaries.
  • April 12th: Two fully vaccinated people permitted to meet indoors, and two households permitted to meet outdoors;
  • April 12th: All school students will return to classrooms. Early Learning and Childcare and school aged childcare services will be added to list of essential services for construction activity during these restrictions to align with the current exemption to primary and secondary schools;
  • April 12th: A partial resumption of construction will begin with the return of 5,000 home building workers;
  • April 19th: The return of elite athletics and GAA. Training for and playing of National Governing Body sanctioned and organised adult intercounty National Gaelic Games Leagues, not including under 20 or minor competitions;
  • April 19th: Certain high performing athletes as approved by Sport Ireland, in a range of sports will be allowed to train.
  • April 26th: Resuming some sporting activities including tennis, golf and under 18 training;
  • April 26th: Reopening of zoos and heritage sites;
  • May 4th: Reopening of museums and galleries;
  • May: A phased return of personal services such as hairdressers, retail and click-and-collect services, and the remainder of construction.

The recommencement of religious services on a staggered basis will also be considered when the Government reassesses the restrictions again in May.