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Government could accelerate easing of Covid-19 restrictions, such as return to offices in August – Taoiseach

An Taoiseach has said the Government could be in a position to ease some Covid-19 restrictions earlier than anticipated, depending on the epidemiological situation of Covid-19 in the coming months.

Micheál Martin said that by August many more people will be vaccinated, which will allow the country options to move forward quickly.

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He went on to say that many young people who have found new employment over the past fifteen months have not yet seen the inside of their workplace.

“As you have seen all along the way we were able to do things in June that we didn’t signal we would do a month earlier,” Martin said.

“We were able to do more than we signalled and likewise, I think by the end of this month we might be able to do more than we signalled for August and that could mean the return of some workers to the offices by the end of August.”

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is believed to have asked the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to consider a phased return to the office for employees from August, rather than September.

Varadkar said he expected to see a staggered return from August.

This week seen Ireland take one of the biggest leaps forward in easing Covid-19 restrictions this year, with outdoor dining reopening, as well as gyms, cinemas and theatres granted permission to reopen.

From July 5th, indoor dining will be allowed to resume, and further indoor household restrictions will be relaxed.

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