‘Final stretch’ as lockdown to ease from April 12th

Five new cases in Roscommon

The Government this week announced that lockdown measures will ease from April 12th with the extension of the five-kilometre exercise limit to a county-wide limit and the return to all school students to the classroom.

There will also be a partial resumption of construction and two fully vaccinated people will be permitted to meet indoors with two households allowed to meet outdoors.

Inter-county GAA will return to training and National League action will also resume, however outdoor sports such as golf and tennis will not resume until April 19th.

The month of May will see a phased return of personal services such as hairdressers, retail and ‘click and collect’ services as well as the remainder of construction. The resumption of religious services on a staggered basis will also be considered.

At the briefing on Tuesday, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “We are on the final stretch of this terrible journey. This summer, our businesses and public services will safely reopen.

“We will finally be meeting and enjoying the company of friends and family once again. We will be able to travel within and enjoy our beautiful country again. Jobs and livelihoods will be restored”.

Meanwhile, there were five further cases of Covid-19 in Roscommon yesterday (Wednesday), bringing the total number to 80 in the last 14 days. The five-day moving average for the county now stands at two. There were no confirmed cases in the county on Tuesday.

Nationally, there were six further deaths and 411 new cases yesterday with all of the reported deaths occurring in March.