Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced an accelerated roadmap for the reopening of Ireland. "Apart from some exceptions, most things are now being moved to Phase 3, beginning Monday 29 June," he said in a televised address this evening.
He also urged people to continue to adhere to the two metre social distancing rule.
The new roadmap is now as follows:
Phase 3 (29 June)
Sport: All sporting activity can resume from 29 June. Individual sporting organisations will decide how best to proceed. Close physical contact sports, such as rugby and boxing, can also resume. Gyms, yoga, pilates and dance studios and sports clubs can reopen alongside effective cleaning and social distancing.
The Government also announced that a funding package of up €70 million has been approved to support the sports sector. This will include up to €40m for the three main field sports organisations - the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU.
Culture/recreation: Theatres, music venues, concert halls and cinemas can reopen with social distancing in place. Indoor recreational venues, such as bowling alleys and bingo halls, can also reopen. Leisure centres and swimming pools are also allowed to welcome visitors again.
Drinking and eating: Bars (with or without restaurant licences, as long as they serve food) can reopen with table service only and various other restrictions including the serving of a "substantial" meal.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, when asked if people had to eat a meal if they were going to be in a pub, said that "a few fellas getting together for a few pints and having a packet of peanuts" does not constitute a meal in a restaurant.