Business owners and employees around the country are making last-minute preparations for the reopening of premises with the lifting of further coronavirus restrictions tomorrow.

Shops, hair salons and barbers are among many other retail outlets which can resume.

Some sporting and educational facilities are also reopening their doors, three months after they were closed to halt the spread of the infection.

This next step in the reopening of the country - providing social distancing and public health advice is adhered to - will see the eagerly-awaited return of hairdressers, cafés and restaurants, pubs and hotel bars serving food.

Hostels, caravan parks, galleries and museums can also welcome visitors again, as can theatres, music venues, concert halls and cinemas. Driving schools will also be back on the road again.

Up to 50 people can gather indoors and up to 200 outdoors while all restrictions for travelling within Ireland will be lifted.

Crèches, childminders and preschools will open for children of all workers who need childcare to return to work. 

Children will be grouped into pods, of between six and 12, to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19.

All sporting activity can also kick off tomorrow; individual sporting organisations will decide how best to proceed. 


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