The Irish government announced some easing to strict lockdown rules from mid-April but even easing measures are stricter than in Northern Ireland and the UK. It doesn't look like those in the Republic of Ireland can go out for haircuts or to the pub just yet, but some measures have been eased. Let's take a look at some of the restrictions that have been lifted.
Weddings: marriage and civil partnership
The current restrictions on weddings will last until 4 May 2021. Currently, up to 6 guests can attend a wedding and face coverings must be worn except by the wedding party. If travelling by public transport to the wedding, a mask must be worn for the duration of the journey.
No more than 25 people can attend funerals.
From Monday, 26 April outdoor sports facilities were allowed to reopen such as golf courses and tennis courts. Underage non-contact training for people in groups of 15 or fewer can resume.
Outdoor attractions like zoos, petting farms, heritage sites were allowed to reopen from 26 April but not amusement parks.
You can meet with one other household outside but not in private gardens.
If crossing county boundaries, you can travel within 20km of your home.
Hairdressers and "non-essential" retail
Despite hairdressers pleading with the government to open hairdressers for vaccinated people, there's no set date as to when hair salons and other retail places will open.
Pubs and restaurants
Like other retailers, pubs and restaurants haven't been given dates to reopen.
We will keep you posted on when Irish restrictions will start to lift and pubs, restaurants, weddings, and so on can start to look a little more "pre-Covid." Hang in there and stay safe.