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From Monday, People In Ireland Can Travel Anywhere Within Their County

Cabinet has decided to ease far more restrictions than had been contained in Phase Two of the roadmap for reopening the economy at their meeting in Government Buildings on Friday morning.

Phase Two kicks off from Monday. 

Government officials have eased restrictions further than expected, meaning that people in Ireland can, from Monday, move freely within their county rather than just be limited to a 20km radius from their home. 

Under Phase Two of the roadmap, there was expected to be a gradual easing of restrictions, such as increasing the travel limit from 5km to 20km from people's homes.

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As per RTÉ, Cabinet has decided to lift restrictions far more quickly, in hopes to encourage a boost within the tourism and hospitality sector. 

Because of this, hotels and B&Bs are expected to become operational again by the end of the month and shopping centres could re-open as early as June 15, provided that people do not congregate in areas such as food halls or changing rooms. 

Social distancing measures of two metres will still apply to such businesses, with one-way systems and skeleton staffs to be used when needed. 

The Government is also considering the possibility that some pubs will open earlier than planned and the total lifting of travel restrictions earlier than planned is also being discussed.

On Friday, Minister for Business Heather Humphreys confirmed the message would be changing from 'stay at home' to 'stay local'.

She also said that while she would not encourage people to book holidays yet, plans are in place and will be activated as soon as it is safe to do so.

She concluded by saying that the "virus has no mercy" but Ireland is behind other countries "at the stage we are at" and this is why we are slower to ease restrictions.

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