Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has described tomorrow’s easing of restrictions as a “big day” as workers return to the office for the first time in over 18 months.
Many businesses will be reopening for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
Office workers will be returning to work on a phased basis as restrictions on working from home are eased.
The Tánaiste stated that he wants to see remote working become a permanent fixture of Irish working life while adding that the pandemic transformed the world of work overnight.
From tomorrow, indoor sports and fitness classes will resume along with dance classes, yoga, pilates and art classes; all of which can operate at a maximum capacity of 100 people.
However, this capacity will only be permitted for fully vaccinated individuals or anyone who has recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months. For mixed immunity attendance, pods of six will be allocated.
All restrictions on outdoor activities will be removed, however, spectator attendance may be affected.
Varadkar stated, “Tomorrow is a big day for thousands of businesses who are opening their doors for the first time since the pandemic and thousands of more people getting back to work.”
While praising business owners for changes that they made to their businesses during the pandemic, Varadkar stated, “Your efforts to date have doubtless saved lives.”
“Now, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme, we are in a position to ease restrictions further and allow these indoor activities to take place, including indoor exercise classes, bands, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, chess, bridge and other indoor activities.”
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