Gardaí and the Government have confirmed there will be no prohibition on bars or restaurants serving alcohol to customers outdoors as licensed businesses begin pulling pints
for people once again from today.
A gradual easing of restrictions today means that two households can meet outdoors for social or leisure activities – however, people are asked not to meet in each other’s gardens.
People can also now travel within their county or within 20km of their home if it crosses a county boundary.
Meanwhile, all first to fourth-year secondary school pupils will return to the classroom today.
Takeaway pints were never officially banned under Covid-19 restrictions but Taoiseach Micheál Martin called for them to stop being sold at the beginning of the current lockdown.
Pub and restaurant representative groups also asked their members to refrain from selling on-street alcohol when the country was put under Level 5 lockdown in December.
Lockdown restrictions will be eased in Northern Ireland today for the first time this year.
The number of people who can meet outdoors in a garden, including children, will increase from six to 10.
The “stay at home” messaging is to be replaced with a “stay local” and “work from home” message.
Outdoor retail such as car dealerships and garden centres will reopen, and click and collect services will resume.
Outdoor sports training will be allowed for recognised clubs, in groups of up to 15, provided all indoor facilities except toilets remain closed.
People planning to get married or enter a civil partnership will be permitted to view potential venues for ceremonies at a limit of up to four people.
The number of people allowed to attend such ceremonies will also increase, at a level informed by a risk assessment for the venue.