On that date, hairdressers will reopen.

The Irish Hairdressers Federation welcomed the news, saying their focus is now on reopening the sector safely and responsibly on 10 May.

“We have extensive health & safety guidelines in place, and we will be working with staff to ensure they are ready for reopening,” it said in a statement.

The Hair and Beauty Industry Confederation also welcomed the news, saying the long wait is over for businesses and their customers.

“We can now recommence to provide the essential personal care services we carry out in every town and village across Ireland,” said Margaret O’Rourke Doherty, CEO, HABIC.

Click and collect

Also on 10 May, click and collect retail service will resume for non-essential retailers.

Digital Business Ireland, the online business representative body welcomed the news.

It said click and collect services are a “vital part” of the digital economy, allowing retailers to make digital sales without the expense associated with setting up deliveries, costs that many may not be able to bear in these difficult times.

Non-essential retail

On 17 May all shops will be able to reopen.

Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector welcomed the news, saying the sector is looking forward to reopening and staying open.

Arnold Dillon, Director of Retail Ireland said the announcement has been a long time coming.

“The last few months have been incredibly stressful for retail businesses and their staff.

“We now have a clear roadmap and can plan ahead with confidence,” he said.

Outdoor dining

Outdoor hospitality, including restaurants and all pubs, will open on 7 June.

However, the Restaurants Association of Ireland has described reaction to the announcement from the sector as one of “disbelief”.

In a statement it said there is “confusion and frustration” regarding the Government’s decision to permit hotel and guesthouse restaurants to operate as normal for residents by offering indoor dining options from the proposed date of Thursday 2nd June whilst restricting independent restaurants, coffee shops and gastro pubs to outdoor dining only from the 7 June.

Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the RAI said the decision to divide hotel restaurants and independent restaurants into two categories is an “anti-competitive, inequitable decision and without medical, scientific or public health rationale”.

“This also prohibits independent restaurant owners from functioning viably over the summertime and in fact prohibits the re-employment of around 110,000 workers,” he said in a statement.

Outdoor pub service

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland welcomed the news that pubs can reopen for outdoor trading from 7 June.

It said the move is an important and welcome first step, but called on the Government to ensure indoor trading can resume as soon as possible.

“The fact hotels can reopen indoors from early June demonstrates that it’s safe to resume hospitality, with appropriate social distancing, in such venues,” said VFI Chief Executive Padraig Cribben.

‘It would be wholly unfair to allow hotels trade indoors but prohibit pubs and restaurants from doing so,” he said.