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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

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At a glance: Everything you need to know about the reopening plan announced tonight
These are all the key dates you need to know.
The government agreed to ease a number of Covid-19 restrictions on a phased basis from next month.
Inter-county travel, more outdoor meetings and increased numbers at funerals and wedding services from 10 May.
The Taoiseach said: "Hope is returning."
Guests at wedding ceremonies to increase to 50 on 10 May - but only six allowed at reception if indoors
'A degree of normality is returning': Here's when restrictions are set to be lifted heading into the summer
# reopening
'It feels like Christmas': Dublin Zoo reopens with families excited to 'have a new experience'
The zoo opened with reduced capacity at 9.30am.
# level 5
'Enough is enough now - I need my passport back': Months of frustration as Passport Office backlog stands at 83,000
Applicants who submitted documents as far back as November and December are still waiting to get them back.
Passport Office to begin processing some applications as categories of 'reasonable excuses' for travel expanded
Passport Office unable to say when people who sent their passport in pre-lockdown will get it back
# restrictions
'Her shoes are falling apart': Parents call for clarity on buying children's shoes
Parents whose children wear splints, known as AFOs, have been having particular issues finding suitable shoes.
# Opinion Poll
Social visits between households double since end of January despite Level 5 restrictions
The finding was contained a new opinion poll by the ESRI.
Voices
Opinion: What's the use in the public doing NPHET's 'a little bit more' if Government can do no better?
Shubhangi Karmakar says the angry response to NPHET’s call last week was the last crack in the rift between public health and public opinion.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you still adhering to the Level 5 restrictions?
As we head into the spring Government has indicated a slight easing of restrictions is on the cards from 5 April.
# level 5
Passport Office to begin processing some applications as categories of 'reasonable excuses' for travel expanded
People have expressed their frustration at having to wait since Christmas for their passport application to be processed.
# spare doses
No Cabinet discussion on vaccine delays, but Ireland reaching out to other EU countries for additional supplies
Micheál Martin said Boris Johnson has “made this point” to him.
# level 5
Passport Office unable to say when people who sent their passport in pre-lockdown will get it back
The Passport Office has said it won’t resume normal service until the end of Level 5 restrictions.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think this will be Ireland's last Level 5 lockdown?
Last night a further 359 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland.
# level 5
Summer bookings at 'historic low', hotels say
The hotels industry is calling for more supports from the government while they remain shut.
# easing lockdown
Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees
The government is expected to publish its updated Living with Covid plan this week.
# Liam Cahill
'It’s a real headache for the GAA now' - Waterford boss frustrated by elite sport change
The Deise manager was unaware of the change in elite status.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you getting more or less exercise since the latest restrictions were introduced?
The restrictions permit exercise within 5km of your home, but are you getting out for more walks or runs this time?
# covid19
Minister says gardaí will not enter homes to ensure people are quarantining after travel
If people are found not to be at home when they receive a call, they could face a fine of up to €2,500.
# level 5
Travellers into Ireland to be subject to mandatory quarantine at home or in a hotel, government says
Micheál Martin announced the extended measures this afternoon.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach says there will be restrictions for six months, schools may not reopen until March
Micheál Martin said he is concerned about the UK strain of the virus, and vaccine delivery delays.
# level 5
Taoiseach hints at school closures beyond 1 February and says 'focus' is on special needs education
Micheál Martin says the issue will be discussed by the Cabinet sub-committee on Monday.
# restrictions
Over 770 fines issued by gardaí for non-essential travel since 11 January
Under current Covid-19 restrictions, gardaí are continuing to carry out checkpoints nationwide.
# outbreaks
'A real concern': A third of patients with Covid-19 in hospital contracted the virus while on wards, says Tánaiste
‘They didn’t come in Covid positive, they picked up Covid while in the hospital,’ said Leo Varadkar.
# level 5
Taoiseach says restrictions will likely continue 'well into' February and possibly beyond
Micheál Martin said Covid-19 transmission rates are too high to ease restrictions.
Micheál Martin said Covid-19 transmission rates are too high to ease restrictions
Schools and construction are "essential" and will be examined separately to other sectors
Yesterday 61 more deaths and 2,488 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland
'Our kids are suffering': Some parents 'devastated' over failure to re-open special education as planned
Leaving Cert 2021: Students want a choice of written exam or Calculated Grades
# level 5
Level 5 lockdown to be reviewed next week, but government expected to extend restrictions to late February
Government sources state that it is still their intention to get schools reopened in February.
# Lockdown
'About 30%' of construction sites remaining open despite Level 5 shutdown
Some of the biggest FDI sites in the country are open under government exemptions.
# Micheál Martin
Taoiseach: 'In hindsight, would we have done what we did a month ago? Obviously not'
“Nobody predicted, in any model, the level of community transmission that we’re currently experiencing,” he told Virgin Media News.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you travelled over 5km since the beginning of the month?
Under current Covid-19 restrictions, a 5km travel limit is in place.
# level 5
Deal struck with Government to provide funding for childcare services for essential workers
The IBEC groups said all childcare services will be open for children of frontline and essential workers and vulnerable children.
# covid19
Here are the new restrictions as Ireland's Covid-19 cases climb
Government has announced additional measures aimed at combating viral spread and protecting the country’s health service.
# Travel
People travelling from Britain or South Africa required to have negative Covid test before arrival
The change will kick in this Saturday.
# Creche
Childcare services to remain open but only for vulnerable groups and children of essential workers
The measures will remain in place until at least the end of January.
# Retail
Click and collect services for non-essential retail banned under new restrictions
The decision to ban click and collect services comes following a Cabinet meeting this afternoon.
# third wave
Cabinet to sign off on closure of schools until February, most construction sites set to shut down
Ministers meet this morning and an announcement is expected later today.
Ministers meet this morning and an announcement is expected later today.
Strict new rules on international travel are also set to be signed-off.
It comes as the numbers in hospital exceed the previous peak in mid-April.
921 now in hospital with Covid-19 as patient numbers exceed April 2020 peak
What's the total ICU bed capacity for the latest Covid-19 surge?
# Covid-19
Partners no longer allowed to attend 20-week pregnancy scan, Rotunda announces
The “very difficult decision” was made “due to the surge in community-acquired Covid-19 infections”.
# Childcare
Explainer: What childcare options are available in Level 5 and who gets priority?
The government has asked parents who are not essential workers to keep their children at home.
# level 5
Gardaí to carry out checkpoints within local areas as country enters Level 5 restrictions
Gardaí will also engage in high visibility patrolling in public areas such as parks and recreational areas.
# new year's eve
People must 'look at their plans' and reduce contacts as Ireland battles third wave, Holohan says
Dr Tony Holohan said the current levels of transmission of Covid-19 are “simply unsustainable”.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with the government's decision to return to Level 5 restrictions for a month?
The new restrictions were announced by Taoiseach Micheál Martin yesterday.
'It's a hammer blow': Retailers say they are in 'shock' at decision to shut non-essential shops
The move has been described as a “hammer blow” to retailers.
# level 5
'Full Level 5': What do the new restrictions mean for households and businesses?
The new restrictions come into force tonight until 31 January.
# level 5
'The situation is extremely serious': Return to full Level 5 restrictions until 31 January
The new restrictions were announced by Taoiseach Micheál Martin this evening .
Ban on household visits kicks in at midnight tonight
All non-essential retail to close tomorrow
School re-opening pushed back to 11 January
Martin says the situation is 'extremely serious'