Ireland ‘weathers Omicron storm’
Addressing the nation outside Government buildings on Friday last, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the lifting of most Covid-19 restrictions after almost two years of large-scale lockdowns and rules designed to keep the virus at bay.
The Taoiseach hailed it as “a good day” as the country moved towards a return to normality.
From 6 am last Saturday morning, measures in place for the hospitality sector were removed as normal trading hours returned and nightclubs reopened.
Businesses no longer have to seek contact tracing details while the Covid pass requirement and the limit of six people to a table have also been removed.
The limit on gatherings and social distancing rules were also abolished while all indoor and outdoor events are also back to full capacity.
While workers made their way to offices across the country as part of a phased return on Monday, the rules on self-isolation and close contacts remain in place, as does mask wearing. The Digital Covid Cert is also still required for those travelling abroad.
The announcement came as NPHET gave the go-ahead for the immediate easing of Covid-19 rules last Thursday, much to the surprise of Cabinet members.
NPHET advised the Government that Ireland had “weathered the Omicron storm”.
In his address to the nation last Friday, the Taoiseach said it was time “to be ourselves again”.
“Please, if you haven’t already, get your vaccine, get your booster,” he said.
“Humans are social beings and we Irish are more social than most. As we look forward to this spring, we need to see each other again, we need to see each other smile, we need to sing again”.