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First Festival Of 2021 On June 26th As Restrictions Are Eased


06:22 28 May 2021

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Cabinet has approved the further re-opening of the country over the summer months.

The first festival of 2021 is due to be held on June 26th.

There's plans for a trial event with 3,500 people in Phoenix Park.

Other, smaller events planned in June for Iveagh Gardens, INEC Killarney and Limerick Concert Hall.

Health Officials Report Additional Covid Cases

Meanwhile health officials have reported an additional 467 cases of Covid 19 today.

99 patients are in hospital with the disease, 38 of those are in ICU.

Further Re-Opening Plans

Under plans approved today three households will be allowed to meet up from July 5th even if they haven't been fully vaccinated.

Outdoor dining will open on June 7th with indoor dining allowed a month later on July 5th.

Gyms and cinemas can also open in June - while a number of music and sport events will be trialled through the month with fans allowed to attend.

International travel will resume on July 19th with the adoption of the EU's digital green cert.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the health service has administered more than 2.6 million vaccines.

He says almost 100% of over 70s are fully vaccinated.

"The strategy is working.," he says.

The Taoiseach has emphasised that continued progress "is not inevitable."

He's also monitoring new variants he says, especially the Indian variant.

"This is an important time for us all."

"After the trauma of the last 15 months."

"We're finally taking definite steps to where we can enjoy normal times with friends and loved ones again."

Adding to that, he says, "we're almost back to the point to where we can enjoy the ordinary extraordinary moments in our lives."

"This sense of hope, excitement and relief is palpable."

The Measures Have Worked - Donnelly

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says NPHET has approved the changes:

"We are opening at a pace that I think is beyond most people's expectations."

He explains why: "really because the public health measures in place we have, have worked or are working."

"That's only because people are sticking with them."


June 2nd

Hotels, self catering and B&Bs to reopen

June 7th

Indoor visits (with 1 household).

Outdoor dining and bars to open

Gyms, Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools to reopen

Cinemas, theatres to reopen for max 50 people

25 allowed at wedding receptions.

Driver theory tests (25k per month).


Driving test centres

Day Centres for older people

July 5th

Indoor dining.

Indoor visits (3 households).

Indoor team sports and classes.

200 at matches and outdoor events, small venues.

500 at outdoor events in large venues (5,000 capacity or more).

July 19th

International travel to resume

50 guests at weddings in July, 100 in August

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