Dublin | The irish government announced on Friday that accelerate the relaxation of the containment put in place at the end of march, thanks to the progress made in the fight against the new coronavirus.
“I am announcing an acceleration of the road map,” said Mr Varadkar at a press conference.
He said that the government would as from Monday relief, including the reopening of all the shops outside shopping centres and aims to put an end on the 29th of June to the restrictions of movement within the country.
“We are making progress. We are going in the right direction. And we have earned the right to have hope for the future,” said the leader of a centrist.
The new coronavirus has caused the death of 1664 persons in Ireland, where the number of confirmed cases reached 25 142, according to official figures indicated Thursday. The progression of the epidemic has slowed markedly in recent times with even a day with no deaths recorded on the 25th of may.
With this acceleration, the plan déconfinement will only have four steps instead of 5 as initially scheduled. The second step begins on Monday, with the reopening of shops, playgrounds, and libraries. Groups of six people maximum can be found inside or outside, provided that they comply with two meters of distance, and the most vulnerable people and over 70 years of age will be allowed to receive a small number of people in them.
The Irish will be able to move within their county or within a radius of maximum 20 km.
They will not be able to move freely in the whole country as from the 29th of June, at the beginning of phase 3 of the plan déconfinement.
This date will also mark the reopening of hotels, bars and restaurants, and places of worship.
The last stage is scheduled for 20 July, including the re-opening of the barbers, but some of the measures taken to combat the pandemic, such as the prohibition on large gatherings, remain in force until August.