Taoiseach hints restrictions could be eased even earlier than anticipated 2 weeks ago

Taoiseach hints restrictions could be eased even earlier than anticipated

A return to the office may be on the cards.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has hinted at the possibility of easing a number of restrictions earlier than planned.

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Earlier this week, Mr Martin suggested that we may be returning to the office sooner than expected.

"As you have seen all along the way we were able to do things in June that we didn't signal we would do a month earlier," he said on Tuesday.

He continued: "We were able to do more than we signaled and likewise, I think by the end of this month we might be able to do more than we signaled for August and that could mean the return of some workers to the offices by the end of August."

He added that as well as a return to offices, the return of spectators at gigs and matches may also be on the horizon.

Monday saw the return of outdoor dining for pubs and restaurants, and last week, hotels were given the go-ahead to welcome guests again.

From 5 July, restaurants and bars can open for indoor service while indoor visitors from up to three different households will be allowed.

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Wedding receptions with up to 50 guests will be permitted, as well as baptisms, communions and confirmations. Indoor training and exercise in pods of 6 will also be allowed.

Additionally, 50 people in pods of 6 will be able to attend indoor events, while outdoor events can facilitate 200 guests. Venues that have the capacity for 5000 people can welcome 500 guests.

Larger indoor venues may facilitate 200 attendees, if strict health and safety measures are put in place.

On top of that, indoor activities including bowling alleys, snooker halls and children's play centres will be allowed to reopen.

For more guidance on Ireland's reopening and restrictions, head to the Citizen's Information website.

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