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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of An Taoiseach

Covid-19 Pandemic

Paul McAuliffe (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail)
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4. To ask the Taoiseach if guidance can be provided on the definition of a small wedding; and the numbers that will be permitted at ceremonies from phase 4 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business onwards. [10716/20]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business sets out a framework and processes for assessing how we can keep the level of transmission of the virus as low as possible while balancing continuing restrictions proportionately with the positive social and economic benefits which can accrue from the lifting of some restrictions.

The framework approach contains a range of indicative measures set out under a number of different categories and across a number of potential phases. This is a living, flexible document and is subject to regular review.

As per the framework, Government will decide what restrictions to ease, at what point in time, having regard to the public health advice of the Department of Health as well as other social and economic considerations.

On Friday 5 June, the Government agreed to accelerate the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which has been made possible thanks to the progress made by the Irish people in suppressing the virus. The reconfigured Roadmap will consist of 4 Phases, instead of 5, with Phase 3 beginning on 29 June and Phase 4 on 20 July. Work is underway to determine what can open in each phase.

Further details and the criteria of the various measures for easing restrictions in later phases, including the number of persons who can attend small and larger weddings, will be determined by the information available as the situation develops and in line with the prevailing public health advice at the time.

Government will continue to provide as much information as possible in as timely a manner as possible as the situation progresses.

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