Ireland lockdown changes as beer gardens, shops and hairdressers reopening in UK

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April 12 will be the first signs of lockdown restrictions easing in Ireland but it is relatively little change comparing to our neighbours across the pond.

In fact, April 5 was the original “end date” of the current phase of lockdown, which we have been in since the start of the new year, but that was pushed out by one week.

From Monday next, in-school teaching will fully return and you can meet one other household outside but not in your or their garden.

As well as this, you can travel within your county or within 20km of your home if you live on a county border and all residential construction can restart as well as early-learning and childcare project.

But just kms away, shops, hairdressers and pub beer gardens are allowed to reopen in the UK.

Even Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted that he’s looking forward to “cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips” while urging people to not become complacent because of the restrictions lift. 

Beer gardens are allowed reopen in the UK on April 12 (Image: Getty Images)

Mr Johnson said: “We can see the waves of sickness affecting other countries and we have seen how this story goes.

“We still don’t know how strong the vaccine shield will be when cases begin to rise, as I’m afraid that they will, and that’s why we are saying please get your vaccine – or your second dose – when your turn comes.”

The next date to take note of for the UK is May 17, which is the earliest indoor hospitality can reopen. But customers will still have to eat and drink when seated.

On June 21 at the earliest though, all restrictions will be lifted, meaning there should be no limit to who you can go to a pub or restaurant with.

If you’re looking for some good news this side of the water, Ireland will reach the milestone of one million vaccine doses this week, the HSE has predicted.

It has set a target of administering one million doses of coronavirus vaccine each month for the next three months.

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A group of Anti-Lockdown protesters clash with Gardai) in Grafton Street, Dublin, during Level 5 Covid-19 lockdown. On Saturday, Fabruary 27, 2021, in Dublin, Ireland.

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Medics in Ireland have now given out 930,000 doses of vaccines against Covid-19.

Mass inoculation centres continued working through the Easter weekend with a record 30,000 people getting the shot on Good Friday.

Source: Dublin News