Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced this afternoon that Ireland will not only move on to Phase Two of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business to ease the COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, but the Government is accelerating the roll out of the plan.
The number of phases in the plan has also been reduced from five to four, with plans that the last phase should be rolled-out from July 20th.
From Monday, people will be able to travel anywhere within their county or up to 20km from their home, whichever is greater.
Travel restrictions will be removed in the next phase, on June 29th.
The Taoiseach said however that people are being encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel and stay local.
Individuals can meet in a group of up to six people from next week, both indoors and outdoors.
Groups of up to 15 people can meet for outdoor sporting activities.
Up to 25 people will be able to attend funerals.
For over 70s, from Monday they may welcome a small number of visitors to their homes, provided they maintain physical distance.
Shops, libraries and outdoor amenities for children will also re-open from Monday.
Shopping centres will re-open from June 15th.
The Taoiseach also announced plans to allow for the return of the tourism and hospitality sector from June 29th as part of a revised phase three.
Hotels, restaurants, hostels, galleries, museums, caravan parks, and bars serving food will be able to open from then.
Announcing the details today, the Taoiseach said: “Summer is not lost, this can be a summer of hope if we keep the virus at bay”.