Government Publishes 5 Phase Roadmap for Re-Opening

Good evening ,

As you may have heard, the Government has this evening published a "Roadmap for the Re-Opening of Society and Business".

This new document provides a timeline for the "slow, phased re-opening" of society and the economy over the coming weeks and months. The document can be downloaded here.

Virtually all of the restrictions currently in place are being extended for a further two weeks. The process of re-opening is due to commence on Monday the 18th of May, with outdoor workers - such as those in construction and landscaping - to be allowed back to work first. Garden centres, hardware stores and some retail outlets will also be allowed to re-open from this point.

Under the Government's roadmap, restrictions will then be eased in five phases over the coming months, with three weeks between each phase. Under the proposals, the final phase will be introduced in mid-August.

We will take time to peruse the Government's "Roadmap" document in full over the coming days. For the moment, the Chamber has issued a cautious welcome of the plan, stating that the timeline provided will allow businesses to step up their planning for a return to full trading. Our full statement, which we issued to media this evening, can be read here.

The Taoiseach also confirmed this evening that Cabinet will meet again tomorrow (Saturday) to "agree further actions to help our businesses to restart, reconnect and re-hire staff who have been laid off or furloughed". We await the outcomes of this meeting and will be back in touch in due course with further details.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have feedback on this latest announcement, or if there are any Covid-19 related issues that we can help you with.

The Chamber team is here to listen and to help your business at this difficult time. You can contact us at any time via

Finally, I'd like to wish you and your family a very enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.

Best Wishes,

Mary Rose Burke
CEO | Dublin Chamber