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More outdoor activities may be granted in May, outdoor dining to be looked at – Harris

The country is “on the cusp” of getting ahead of Covid-19 and the Government could look at “doing more” in terms of allowing outdoor activities next month, the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said.

Harris said there was an onus on the Government to outline as clear a plan as possible when it meets next week to decide on what Covid-19 measures to relax in May, June and July.

Restrictions on GAA intercounty training and high performing athletes were lifted on Monday and, next week, non-contact sports golf and tennis will be allowed to resume. Zoos, wildlife parks and heritage sites will also be allowed to reopen.

Harris was asked what the plan was for the reopening of outdoor hospitality given comments from Taoiseach Micheál Martin that hotels and guesthouses could reopen in June.

“I do think the evidence around outdoor activities, and how they can be done safely, perhaps gives hope that we can do a little bit more in the outdoor space. I think there might be the potential to do a bit more in May.”

“For example at the moment you can meet up outdoor with one household, is there a possibility you can do more in relation to that? Things like outdoor dining and the likes, I am not in a position to give a definitive view on, but I think we need to start answering those questions next week.”

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