The country has already seen some major reopening with the return of retail and outdoor hospitality

Ireland’s Covid-19 situation has improved significantly in the past few months.
While the country has struggled to get case numbers below between 300 and 500 each day, there has been remarkable progress in hospitalisations.
The number of people in hospital continues to drop as the vaccine rollout gathers pace.
The country has already seen some major reopening with the return of retail and outdoor hospitality.
Indoor drinking and dining is also set to resume from next month however there is a dark cloud looming with the Delat variant posing some risks to reopening.
Lockdown end at risk in UK
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled he might delay further easing of Covid restrictions as scientists warned daily cases could surge to 100,000 next month.
Although the Prime Minister would not be drawn on Monday’s roadmap announcement, he said rising hospitalisations were a matter of serious, serious concern.
And he admitted he was less optimistic about lifting all restrictions on June 21 than he was in May.
This could mean pushing back plans to unlock fully into July.
Around 90% of new infections are now the Delta variant, with cases doubling every nine days.
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Delta concerns in Ireland
Similar concerns have been expressed about Ireland’s lockdown ending and the risk that the Delta variant poses here.
This week Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that NPHET was monitoring the situation in the UK closely where a spike in Delta infections has occurred.
He said: “There is increasing concern in recent weeks regarding the spread of the Delta variant in the UK where it now accounts for over 90% of cases, with a doubling time, in some areas, as low as 4.5 days.
The public health advice remains that people should not travel to Great Britain at this time and, for anyone returning from Great Britain, it is vital that you quarantine and get tested.”
Meanwhile there has been contact at ministerial level today between the Irish and British governments following the rising number of cases of the more infectious Delta variant in the UK.
Indoor dining latest
Bronagh Clifford, Kristina Campion, Kathy Jermyn and Megan Kilpatrick pictured at Drury Buildings in Dublin (Picture: Marc O’Sullivan)
With July 5 earmarked for the return of indoor dining the reopening will all be in accordance with the public health situation at time.
Last year, a drop in positive Covid cases led to an accelerated lockdown and personal services, inter-county travel and sports training were all reopened earlier than expected.
The day Taoiseach Micheal Martin announcement to reopen indoor hospitality again, the Department of Health reported 271 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Yesterday, cases hit 431.
Last year, when the September date to reopen pubs was announced the average weekly case numbers were below 150. When pubs opened again, the case numbers rose dramatically. Ireland hit a daily figure of over 1,000 cases by mid-October.
But things are different this year, and the vaccine numbers suggest we may not see a repeat of the spike in cases. According to the Taoiseach, weve reached the 3 million dose milestone and Ireland is hoping to have 70% of adults fully vaccinated by the end of July.
The two weeks leading up to the reopening of indoor dining should be very good in terms of vaccination, according to Mr Martin.
While data relating to Covid-19 has been affected by the cyber attack on the HSE, things are looking pretty positive. Yesterday, HSE CEO Paul Reid said that eight of Irelands adult hospitals had no Covid-19 patients.
As long as vaccination rates rise, hospitalisation figures fall and case numbers stay relatively steady, the reopening date will hopefully remain unaffected. We should be allowed to sit inside a pub at last.
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