First signs of lockdown reopening as Government issue revised roadmap update


Ireland’s summer looks bright with the Government set to “signal” a return to some sports and meeting up outdoors.

The revised roadmap being discussed on Monday will feature a commitment to getting people active outside as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, construction and retail likely to be the first industries allowed to reopen

A Government source said: “We are keen to start reopening society, so sport and safe outdoor activities will be signalled by the Government this week.”

Nphet’s Professor Philip Nolan said yesterday households will have to mix to “stay sane” this summer.

Golf, tennis and other non-contact outdoor sports and training are all going to be considered as part of the next step in reopening the country.

But nothing aside from schools will have reopened after March 5, the date the current lockdown was supposed to finish.

The understanding is that people need some hope after Taoiseach Micheal Martin revealed in an exclusive interview on Friday that “significant restrictions” are with us until the end of April.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said he expects a big increase in vaccine supply from April at a million doses per month.

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Jabs for over 85s started last Monday and will move down through the age groups once the most elderly are inoculated.

Mr Donnelly said: “We expect to see a big increase in vaccine supply from April if supplies arrive as they’ve been ordered, we’ll be receiving a million vaccine doses per month from April onwards.”

Source: Dublin News