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Taoiseach Says There's A Great Sense Of Hope

Hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses can open from June 2nd - with outdoor dining in bars are restaurants from June 7th.

The Taoiseach says the end of the COVID crisis is within grasp if people still stick to restrictions over the next month.

Micheál Martin has announced the easing of restrictions over the summer across a range of sectors.

Hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses can open from June 2nd - with outdoor dining in bars are restaurants from June 7th.

On that day cinemas, theatres and gyms can along with driving test centres and driving theory tests will resume.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people will be allowed in venues with a capacity of more than 5,000, a figure that will rise over the summer.

July 5th will see the return of indoor dining and three households will be allowed to meet regardless of whether they're vaccinated or not.

A series of test live events for crowds will be run in June at sporting and entertainment venues.

While international travel has been given the green light to resume from the 19th of July.

 Taoiseach Michael Martin says there's a great sense of hope and relief across the country:

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan is defending the decision to bring in international travel on July 19th. 

The EU's digital Covid cert is coming into effect nearly three weeks earlier, but he says Ireland needs time to get systems in place:

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