Spectators are due to return to sporting events on a trial basis in July, while groups of up to six people are allowed to dine indoors in the same month, under plans being considered by the government.
The easing of restrictions was described by the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste during meetings of the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael parliamentary parties on Wednesday evening. Without specifying the size of the crowd, Micheál Martin told TDs and Fianna Fáil senators that plans to trial spectators at outdoor sporting events in July were based on the experience of the EU and the Kingdom. -United.
He also signaled that Ireland would be part of EU travel plans, with the intention of restoring connectivity as soon as it is safe to do so.
Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has told his parliamentary party that indoor dining could return in July with six people at a table, contact details taken and allowances made for the size of venues. He said a decision would be made next month.
It comes as the government prepares to discuss extensions and adjustments to key business and wage supports. The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Economic Recovery, chaired by the Tánaiste, will meet on Thursday to discuss the future of multibillion-euro grants due to expire this summer.
The national economic recovery plan will also be on the agenda. Additional supports for heavily impacted business sectors will also be considered as part of the discussions, which are preliminary.
No “cliff edge”
Sources have stressed that there will be no “cliff edge” in the schemes, and the intention is that they will remain in place to allow businesses to recover, especially those that are closed or restricted, and allow employment to recover.
However, senior sources have also said the schemes cannot stay in place indefinitely, especially as businesses will fully reopen under a hoped-for permanent easing of Covid restrictions.
Discussions are expected to focus on plans for the second half of the year for supports such as the Commercial Rate Waiver, Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), Employment Wage Subsidy Program (EWSS ) and the Covid Restrictions Support Program (CRSS).
However, any restructuring of diets would have to be weighed against uncertainty over the wider epidemiological situation, sources said.
Elsewhere, the government continues to consider a new plan to offer AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to people under 50.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said advice on the use of vaccines said they could be used in this way. Discussions on the plan are ongoing, and he said he expects proposals to be considered by the government this week.