Tonight Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. announced that Ireland was cleared to move into Phase 2 of it's roadmap for re-opening the country.
In doing so Mr Varadkar stated 'Summer is not lost'. Primarily we're sure he was referring to domestic tourism but as each day passes this week we get more and more hopeful that things are changing a little more quickly than maybe envisaged and that there are signs of hope for us to return to something a little more normal which may include Summer holidays.
Here are the key dates you need to follow in the next few weeks in order to make your 2020 holiday decisions:
🔶 8th June - Ireland enters Phase 2 which allows travel inside your county or 20km, whichever is greater.
In effect the situation now is:
🔹 All non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland should be avoided. 🔹 Passengers arriving from overseas are expected to self-isolate for 14 days. 🔹 Passengers will have to complete a form stating where they will self isolate.
🔶 15th June - Most EU Member States lift temporary non-essential travel restrictions
🔶 18th June - Ireland to review the current 14 day quarantine for anyone entering the country
🔶 29th June - All domestic travel restrictions are to be removed.
🔶 1st July - Ryanair lead a host of airlines in returning to the skies
🔶 20th July - Ireland enters it's final phase, phase 4.
🔶 24th July - CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in US) No Sail Order expires. In theory and only as it stands cruise lines are free to resume operations from this date.