Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for healtth Simon Harris want the lockdown extended
The national lockdown will be extended for another two weeks for the vast majority of people when the current quarantine period ends after the bank holiday weekend.
The Government will announce the extension on Friday while also outlining a roadmap for lifting social-distancing restrictions over the coming months.
The only easing of working restrictions from May 5 being considered is for those who work outdoors, such as construction workers and gardeners.
It is understood that there were mixed views at Cabinet this morning around the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Several ministers highlighted the need for what was termed “a little bit of give” on the restrictions.
There was concern expressed by some that an extended lockdown could lead to the permanent loss of many jobs….
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