A week-by-week guide to the lifting of restrictions and when tourism might resume
The Irish government has laid out its five-stage strategy for easing lockdown, starting on May 18 with phase one and culminating on August 10 with phase five.
The plan – which will only progress as per the schedule if the measures are working and they get the green light from the National Public Health Emergency Team – includes the re-opening of some hotels and holiday parks from July 20, and will allow tourists to travel offshore from August 10 at the very earliest.
Until then, government advice remains that all non-essential travel should be avoided; this including travel both into and from Ireland. Around three million British nationals usually visit the country each year. Its death toll (as of May 2) stands at 22, with 2,121 confirmed cases.
Of lockdown measures so far, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar