The Minister for Arts, Culture and The Gaeltacht has set dates for the reopening of Ireland's cultural institutions, as part of the government's 5 stage plan to ease restrictions in the wave of the Covid-19 crisis.
Josepha Madigan has announced that museums, galleries and 'other cultural outlets' will reopen to the public from July 20th, with theatres and cinemas set to reopen from August 10th. It is understood that these plans will adhere closely to health and social distancing guidelines.
Welcome news that we hope to re-open our museums, galleries and other cultural outlets from 20 July and our theatres and cinemas from 10 August. I'll continue to work closely with all stakeholders to agree appropriate plans that respect health and social distancing guidelines. pic.twitter.com/FLlU7pH1Ng— ⚖️Josepha ⚡️STAY HOME⚡️Madigan (@josephamadigan) May 1, 2020
While the shutdown has resulted in the cancellation of the majority of key events on the arts calendar, from arts festivals to major concert events, the nation's cultural landscape has reconfigured online in recent weeks, in the wake of the closure of physical venues, with events like the Cuirt Literary Festival and the Abbey's Dear Ireland project embracing technology and playing to 'virtual' audiences online.
What restrictions are going to be lifted and when? Find out more here.