Latest news updates on Friday 19th June.
Hairdressers and barbers could be allowed to re-open sooner than planned.
The government is considering new advice today on whether to allow them open on June 29th, three weeks earlier than planned.
Ministers are also looking at guidance from the National Public Health Emergency Team in relation to weddings and cinemas.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says even as the lockdown is lifted, people will need to get used to a new normal:
Ireland's COVID-19 Data Hub has details of the number of confirmed cases at Electoral Division Level: https://t.co/WOhbMrk44g— Midlands103 (@Midlands103) June 19, 2020
Dylan Bradshaw, from Dylan Bradshaw Hair Salon in Dublin, believes people won't be too reluctant to come back to hairdressers after the Covid-19 crisis:
One in three people say they felt sadder under lockdown than before it.
A survey from Ulster Bank has found older people are most affected.
While 70 percent of people say they're worried about the future of their health and financial security.
CEO of St Patrick's Mental Health Services Paul Gilligan says they're working to help the public deal with that anxiety:
A bookshop owner says reaction to a mask-wearing policy has been mostly positive, despite calls for a boycott of the store.
Joan Lucey, who owns Vibes And Scribes in Cork City, is asking customers bring their own masks or to make a charity donation to pick one up in store.
Some replies to a social media post called for people to boycott the shop.
Joan Lucey says it hasn't had much of an impact, but adds she would still be wary:
Schools in Northern Ireland:
Principals in Northern Ireland are expected to get guidance today on how schools will operate when they fully reopen in August.
Yesterday it was announced that social distancing rules will be relaxed from two metres to one for pupils.
Graham Gault is a principal of a primary school in Co. Antrim and says he still has some things he needs to get cleared-up:
Anyone who's been shielding from coronavirus can go outside to exercise in Scotland, from today.
Those most vulnerable have been told to completely self-isolate for more than three months.
It's part of a series of announcements to slowly ease lockdown restrictions.
People are also able to meet other households at the same time while outdoors.
One new case has been cofirmed in the midlands.
That's in Offaly and brings the county's total to 482.
Westmeath remains on 680 and Laois on 264.
The total number of confirmed cases in the midlands stands at 1,416.