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Freedom beckons Lockdown lifting Ireland: Dates for when pubs, hairdressers, Penneys and other shops will open


A shuttered Penneys on O'Connell St, Dublin during lockdown restrictions. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A shuttered Penneys on O'Connell St, Dublin during lockdown restrictions. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A shuttered Penneys on O'Connell St, Dublin during lockdown restrictions. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Today is the day Ireland finally gets a roadmap out of the lockdown.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney told RTÉ's Morning Ireland earlier today that gradual changes that will happen in stages from May 10 will see an easing of restrictions on families, businesses and give people the ability to move around.

"We want to make sure as we go forwards, we don't have to go back again", he said.

Here is a timeline of the key dates and which restrictions will be lifted on each date:


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MAY 10

The inter-county travel ban is to be lifted under plans agreed by the Cabinet Committee on Covid-19.

On the same date, hairdressers, barbers and salons are due to reopen. Click-and-collect retail and team sports training will resume.

Up to 50 attendees will be allowed attend religious services including weddings, funerals and masses.

However, indoor wedding parties will remain capped at six guests and 15 for outdoor celebrations. This will increase to 25 in June.

Also on May 10, three households can meet outdoors including in private gardens and a vaccinated household can meet an unvaccinated one indoors.

This is to allow grandparents in particular meet their extended families.

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Three vaccinated households can also meet indoors.

House viewings in person will also resume on this date, as will driving tests.

Outdoor events with up to 15 people will be allowed from this date. All construction workers will return to sites either on or before May 10.

MAY 17

On May 17 all shops will be able to reopen, including Ireland's favourite budget retailer Penneys, which has been shut since New Year's Eve.


Hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses will be open again.

The number of people who can attend a wedding party indoors would increase to 25 in June under Nphet’s recommendation


Outdoor hospitality - including restaurants and all pubs, including those that don’t serve food - will open on Sunday, June 7.

There will be no distinction between restaurants, pubs or other food outlets and the €9 meal measure will not return.

It's expected that gyms will be allowed to re-open for single-person training on June 7.

Sports matches can take place but without spectators.


There is no fixed date for indoor dining, but it looks likely to be some time in July.

However, Simon Coveney has ruled out the prospect of international travel in May and June.

He added: "There's not going to be a big focus on international travel today. But there will be in a few weeks time.

He adds it won't be a "big feature in May and June" but added that a passport system is being examined within the EU in regards to vaccinated people.

Speaking about the prospect of a fourth wave among young people the Minister for Foreign Affairs said that restrictions will be lifted on an incremental basis.

Mr Coveney said that the Government has followed NPHET's advice saying he believes that they have "got it right."

He adds they "need to keep people with them" as they aim to give people more freedoms.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheal Martin has promised to give "clarity" when he makes his national address regarding the country's summer reopening.

While a time for Mr Martin's address has not yet been confirmed it is likely to be from around 6pm onwards as has previously been the case in the past.

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