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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that from Monday all retail in the Republic of Ireland can reopen as lockdown restrictions are eased further.

Mr Varadkar said:

“Today I can confirm that it is safe to move to Phase 2 of the plan to reopen our country starting on Monday”

“I’m also announcing an acceleration of the roadmap”

There will now only be four phases of the roadmap rather than the initial five phase roadmap that was previously announced.

Phase three is set to begin on the 29th June and step four on the 20th July.

Social distancing, washing hands often, wearing face coverings such as masks on transport and self-isolating if you begin feeling unwell will become more crucial as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

Mr Varadkar has encouraged that unnecessarily travel is still avoided for the time being, however, from Monday you will be able to travel anywhere within the country. It is expected that restrictions on travel altogether will be eased in phase three.

Shops will provide dedicated hours for those over 70 or anyone who is considered at-risk.

Marts can reopen and greyhound racing will resume without spectators.

All retail can reopen, the Taoiseach has said it is important that the opening of retail does not result in crowding on public transport nor interfere with essential workers getting into work.

Shops reopening on Monday will be required to set staggered hours, opening no earlier than 10.30am and allocating dedicated time for elderly or anyone vulnerable to get what they need safely.

Shopping malls may reopen on 15th June, provided only the shops open and measures are taken to ensure social distancing can continue, especially in areas where people would usually congregate such as fountains or benches.

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