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Government to increase numbers allowed at funerals to 25 “on compassionate grounds”

The government has announced a slight easing of restrictions from Monday the 26th of April, with the number of people allowed at funerals increasing from 10 to 25 “on compassionate grounds.” However, they stressed that gatherings should not take place “before or after” the funeral service. 

In addition, outdoor sporting facilities will be allowed to re-open, including pitches, golf courses, tennis courts, and others.

However, the government statement includes the caveat that activities should take place between no more than two households. Moreover, indoor facilities, such as changing rooms, showers, kitchens, meeting rooms, and so on must remain closed, the only exception being toilets. The statement also stresses that “there should not be any return to team sports or training activities.”

However, underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 or less will be allowed to resume.

Outdoor visitor attractions, including zoos, petting farms and heritage sites will be allowed to re-open. However, amusement parks will not.

Indoor areas are to remain closed and hospitality, such as pubs and restaurants, will only be open on the condition that they operate take-away services and implement “robust protective measures.”

This comes as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has indicated that hairdressers and retailers could reopen in May, along with more outdoor activities, construction, and religious services.

“One of the things I don’t want to do is speculate about what is going to happen over the next couple of weeks or months,” the Tánaiste said.

“What we did agree at Cabinet today was that we will meet next week, we will have advice from NPHET at that point, and we will be able to decide what restrictions can be waived in May.

“As we stated before, that will involve looking at things like personal services like barbers and hairdressers, retail, more outdoor activities, religious services and the full return of construction.

“Those are the kind of things that we are going to look at next week for May.”

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