Hopes Are High For Lifting More Restrictions This Monday

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From Monday we should be allowed to travel further from home and meet in small groups indoors.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is expected to recommend today that the country moves into phase two of reopening.

NPHET has been meeting this morning to discuss whether Ireland has suppressed the coronavirus enough to recommend moving into the next phase of reopening the country.

Since entering phase one 17 days ago on May 18th, 135 people have died as a result of COVID19, while there has been 1,040 new cases.

In the 17 days before entering phase one, 3,500 cases were confirmed and 340 people died. As part of phase two, travel up to 20km from the home will be permitted.

Up to 4 people will be allowed to visit another household but everyone must keep at least 2 metres apart.

If you wish to visit someone who has been cocooning, you’ll also be advised to wear a face mask and gloves.

The limit on the number of people who can attend funeral will be increased slightly but will still be restricted to immediate family and close friends.

NPHET has also discussed bringing forward the reopening of playgrounds, whether summer camps can go ahead, and when families can visit relatives in nursing homes.

Cabinet will discuss the recommendation tomorrow morning before a formal announcement is made in the afternoon.