Coronavirus lockdown: pubs, restaurants and barbers reopen in Ireland


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Pubs and bars serving food are allowed to reopen

Pubs and bars serving food, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and barbers can reopen from Monday in the Republic of Ireland.

These companies can open as long as they can observe social distancing as the country continues to ease its Covid-19 lockout.

Over the weekend, business owners made last-minute preparations for the return of customers.

The move is part of phase three of a four-stage reopening plan.


Queues have already started to form outside barbers in Dublin

Monday morning, Sreyeesh Garinelia was one of the many walk-in customers who desperately needed a haircut waiting outside Grafton Barbers in Dublin’s Donnybrook area.

“The past three months have been unbearable, so I’m really looking forward to reducing them,” he said.

The CEO of the Licensed Vintners Association, which represents Dublin publicists, hailed the development as “a milestone”.

Donall O’Keeefe said: “There has been a lot of public interest, with a high level of confirmed customer bookings for the opening week.

“There is a demand for the reopening and it will now be up to each pub to ensure that it provides an environment that maintains public confidence and allows them to continue to trade. ”

Pubs that reopen must serve dishes worth at least € 9 (£ 8) and customers are only allowed to stay for an hour and 45 minutes maximum.

From Monday, people will also be able to travel around the country. Until now, there was a traffic restriction of 20 km (12.5 miles), or anywhere in his own county.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, who has ministerial responsibility for transportation in the new coalition government formed this weekend with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, urged people to go on vacation this year.

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National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin as preparations for reopening continue

Places of worship, hotels, museums, cinemas, galleries, theaters and music halls may also reopen in accordance with social distancing rules.

The Archbishop of the Church of Ireland, Dr. Michael Jackson, welcomed the reopening, but said: “The relaxation of restrictions brings a new urgency for personal responsibility.”

He urged congregations to continue “to comply with the requirements of social distancing, hand hygiene and other provisions aimed at ensuring the safety of all members of society, especially those who are vulnerable” .

Up to 50 people can gather inside and up to 200 outside.

All sporting activities can also resume from today, but individual sports organizations will have to decide how best to proceed.

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Hairdressers and barbers can reopen from Monday

Crèches, childminders and nursery schools reopen for the children of all workers who need child care to return to work.

Children will be grouped in pods, between six and 12, to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

The final phase of relaxation is scheduled for July 20 when pubs, bars and hotel bars can reopen without having to serve food.

From this date, up to 100 people can meet inside and 500 outside.


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