Ireland is currently seeing restrictions in day-to-day life. On 27 March, the Taoiseach (Ireland's prime minister and head of government) announced 'Stay at Home' measures for the nation which have remained in force throughout April and early May.
On 1 May, the Taoiseach introduced a five-phase exit strategy to begin easing lockdown measures. The first phase began on 18 May with certain retail outlets such as opticians, homeware, and garden centres now able to re-open. Citizens are required to wear face masks (or 'covering') in certain settings, such as workplaces.
Additional restrictions will be lifted from 8 June and more shops allowed to open. By the final stage on 10 August it is hoped that the economy will almost be fully reopened with all sectors returning to work. Schools will remain closed until September.