easing restrictions

  • Mayo County Council needs to urgently make adjustments to paving’s, streetscapes, traffic flow, public areas and car parking, to facilitate social distancing and pedestrian movement to best position businesses in Mayo to open swiftly once restrictions are eased. That’s the view of Westport based Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn.

    He says that the authority should consult with local businesses in the process.

    The councillor has submitted a motion to discuss the issue at next Monday’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    He’s been outlining his view to Midwest News today.


    International travel will be allowed from July 19th, and indoor dining can happen from July 5th under proposals going before Cabinet later.

    The number of people allowed at a wedding will be increased to 50 from early July, before going to 100 in August.

    Outdoor dining can return on June 7th for restaurants - while cinemas and gyms will be able to re-open then.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin will make an address later today to outline the decisions made.

    Indoor events could have a cap of 200 people for large venues in August.

    But legendary entertainer Paddy Cole says that's not enough to make most concerts and gigs viable.

    The Restaurants Association of Ireland has said it will be taking a legal challenge in a bid to be allowed to open indoor dining at the same time as hotels on June 2nd.

    They will be allowed to open for outdoor dining on June 7th under proposals before Cabinet.

    While, the Vintners Federation of Ireland says pubs should be allowed open earlier than July 5th.

    Chief Executive, Padraig Cribben says the 1 metre length of stay rule for customers should also be scrapped.





  • The roadmap for unlocking the economy over the coming months is set to be revealed on Friday of next week (30th) - just ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

    Ministers will hold a second, dedicated cabinet meeting next week to decide on the issue.

    It will likely include the re-opening of retail, personal services and the full construction sector in May.

    The plan for June and July - including intercounty travel and reopening the hospitality sector - is also to be revealed next week.