The country is to start lifting some covid-19 restrictions from Monday.
It's part of the first phase of the government's roadmap to reopening the economy.
The message from Government as we move to Phase 1 of reopening our society is #StayHome except for the following 5 reasons. We are making good progress, let’s keep it going. #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/7gGVM0mF19
— Helen McEntee TD (@HMcEntee) May 15, 2020
From Monday construction sites will be allowed to reopen as well as hardware and DIY stores open.
Homeware shops will continue to remain closed for now.
People will be allowed to play golf and tennis from next week, with courses and courts set to welcome players back from Monday.
Meanwhile, schools and college buildings to re-open for teachers to facilitate remote learning.
The Taoiseach says we will enter a new phase of reopening the country every three weeks if everything goes well and covid-19 numbers continue to fall.
The next review will take place on June 5th.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said "To keep going forward, we need to keep following the guidelines. Everything is provisional and reversible, and our progress depends on us all continuing to do what we have been doing."
The wearing of face masks in public is not being made mandatory.
Health Minister Simon Harris says anyone not wearing a mask should not be criticised or judged.
However, people over the age of 13 are being encouraged to wear face coverings when using public transport or in enclosed spaces, such as shops.
Here’s how to properly wear and remove a face covering. Please share! It’s important if you do this you do it right. It’s mandatory- just another helpful thing you can do. Not recommended for under 13 year olds pic.twitter.com/bV9096Hyvd
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 15, 2020