Ireland lockdown travel rules: first indication of return from inter-county travel

Inter-county travel could return in June after the Taoiseach pledged to try to reopen hotels, guesthouses and Airbnbs this month.

The government eased travel restrictions earlier in April after the country was under a strict 5 km rule since the start of the year.

However, no massive indication was given as to when travel to other counties would be permitted again.

But speaking at the meeting of the parliamentary party Fianna Fail, Mr Martin promised that hotels, B & Bs and guest houses, self-catering accommodation – such as AirBnBs – and mobile homes would reopen in June, which would facilitate stays from that point on.

Gardai operates a Covid-19 checkpoint tonight outside the Department of Health on Baggot Street.

It is understood that June 10 is an optimistic date from which some ministers would like to see these reopenings happen.

The return of inter-county travel to enable stays is likely to be consistent with this.

Speaking in his latest national speech, the Taoiseach said: “Towards the end of May, and depending on progress, we will be reviewing the reopening of hotels, B & Bs and guesthouses in June.

Garda checkpoint pictured at Dollymount strand, Co Dublin (Photo: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos)

“We are in the home stretch of this terrible journey. This summer, our businesses and public services will reopen safely.

“We will finally meet and enjoy the company of our friends and family again.

“We will be able to travel within and enjoy our beautiful country again. Jobs and livelihoods will be restored.”

This would suggest that the government’s view at the moment is that all domestic travel be allowed by the end of June.

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