The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that he believes the lifting of all remaining Covid-19 restrictions on sectors will happen before Christmas.
Donnelly was speaking at the Croke Park testing centre this morning, saying that although case numbers are rising, the view within Government is to reopen society before the end of the year.
“Certainly the view would be that we would be open this calendar year,” Donnelly said.
“What we’d like is the lifting of all restrictions as soon as possible.”
“We may get public health advice to keep some restrictions for some time – should we wear masks? Should we continue to wash our hands and do all of that? The public health advice will be the basics we want to keep doing.”
Donnelly gave the update as the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is due to meet to discuss the further relaxation of restrictions.
Government will then meet to finalise plans for an updated roadmap for easing the remaining Covid-19 restrictions.
An Taoiseach will likely address the nation next Tuesday with the roadmap.