There will be a “clear indication” of what the next phases of the reopening in Ireland will look like for the months of May, June, and July following a Cabinet meeting this Thursday, according to a report in The Irish Times this morning.
Some leaks have been reported of the plans for particular sectors of the Irish economy. It seems May’s reopening looks as though it will not be stretched beyond the initial plan of the full resumption of construction, the reopening of hairdressers and personal services, the phased return of retail (click-and-collect first, followed by non-essential retail) and the allowance of in-person religious services.
According to the report, the theme for the summer will be one that is enjoyed outdoors with hotels and guesthouses set to reopen in June, while travelling outside county borders is also set to be permitted.
Leaks of the report suggest indoor hospitality will not resume fully until sometime in July while a review of the ban on international travel is also set to take place during the same period. Finally, the theme of quotes from Government Ministers is that the experience of the Christmas reopening combined with international experiences with new variants such as that in India are leading them to lie on the side of caution.
According to Goodbody Stockbrokers, "While caution remains the theme of reopening, Ireland looks set to have a concrete roadmap for a summer reopening following the meeting of Cabinet this Thursday. The focus needs to take a swift turn toward supporting the hospitality, tourism, and travel sectors for when their eventual returns do manifest. With the number of first dose vaccinations reaching 1 million over the weekend, and the concurrent decline in hospitalisations and ICU admissions, Ireland finally looks to be on the home straight. Hang in there!"