Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney announced this Thursday that restrictions due to the coronavirus will change significantly from next month.
As Coveney noted in an interview on Newstalk Station, the reopening schedule begins May 10 and the country is expected to progress through phases by early June.
The plan provides for the early reopening of restaurants and pubs and the resumption of public and private services such as hairdressers and shops. In addition, the capacity limit for public transport will be doubled by 25 percent.
Ireland, which is experiencing one of the longest and strictest closures in Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic, imposed a third lockdown in December, forcing citizens to stay less than three miles from their homes and close all but the non-essential businesses shut down.
The Irish Ministry of Health recorded 13 deaths and 371 new cases of coronavirus in the past few hours, bringing the balance of the disease to 4,896 deaths and 247,857 accumulated cases since the pandemic began.