Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Questions (2)

Micheál Martin

Question:

2. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach his views on whether there will be scope to narrow the time between phases 4 and 5 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business if all the five health indicators are positive. [10640/20]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

Thanks to the progress made by the Irish people in suppressing the virus, on Friday 5 June, the Government agreed to accelerate the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

This means certain sectors and public amenities will be able to reopen earlier than previously planned. The reconfigured Roadmap will consist of four phases, instead of five, with Phase 3 beginning on 29 June and Phase 4 on 20 July. Work is underway to determine what can open in each phase.

However, maintaining a three week interval between phases is important for epidemiological reasons to accurately monitor any impacts the easing of restrictions may have on the behaviour of the virus.