Majority of Covid-19 restrictions will end in October

The majority of Covid-19 restrictions will end on October 22nd according to plans before Cabinet this afternoon.


Ministers will meet this lunchtime to sign-off on the roadmap, which’s due to kick-in from next week.


Last night senior ministers and health officials met to consider timelines for easing the remaining Covid-19 restrictions.


Under plans set to go before Cabinet later, the first easing would kick-in from September 6th.


It would see the return of larger crowds at events such as concerts and outdoor sports matches.


However 75 percent of an outdoor venues capacity would be for people who’re vaccinated.


Communions and confirmations would also be allowed from this date.


The second significant easing would happen on September 20th.


It would see the return of workers to offices on a phased basis, along with the easing restrictions on smaller scale activities like bowling and indoor sports.


The proposed roadmap would see the final restrictions lifted by October 22nd, and the country move to a personal responsibility model.


However mask wearing would remain in certain settings.


The plan comes with the caveat that the Covid-19 numbers remain manageable.