April 26, 2021 marks another step on the road to normality as the easing of more restrictions come into play from today.
Sports pitches, golf courses and tennis courts are reopening and visitor attractions including zoos, pet farms and heritage sites are also back in business.
Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 can recommence and the number of people who can attend a funeral increases to 25.
The Government will this week consider plans for further reopenings during May.
The National Public Health Emergency Team meets on Wednesday to consider its recommendations, with the Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 also meeting.
The Taoiseach will announce on Thursday the specific reopening plans for May along with signals on what may happen later in the summer.
What could happen in May
This week Irish Mirror revealed today that Minister Simon Harris has stated that there is “the potential for more” in May than what has already been indicated.
The Minister agreed that “more” entailed outdoor dining, saying that he witnessed safe outdoor activity in his own constituency, Wicklow, last weekend.
Mr Harris said: “I think there might be the potential to do a bit more in May.
And then he crucially added: “things like outdoor dining and the likes.
“I’m not in a position to give a definitive view, but I think we need to start answering those questions next week.”
* Hotels, B&Bs and guest houses may be allowed reopen after a review at the end of May.