Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced a roadmap for the ending of Covid-19 restrictions by October 22nd.

The Taoiseach said strict Covid guidelines and regulations will be replaced with "personal responsibility".

Among the key measures announced are a return to 100% capacity on public transport from tomorrow, September 1st.

However, passengers on public transport will still be required to wear face coverings.

Looking ahead to next week, live music will be permitted indoors at weddings and in bars and restaurants from next Monday 6th September.

Also from 6th September, indoor venues can open for 60% capacity for those vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months, while outdoor events can operate at 75pc capacity, again for those fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid, and increased numbers will be allowed at outdoor sports events.

And from next Monday, larger crowds can gather for religious ceremonies - 50% capacity, while Communions and Confirmations can return

A return to office working is to begin on phased basis from September 20th.

Indoor sports, exercise classes, after-school activities, choirs, bingo halls, bowling alleys, community activities can resume from September 20th.

The Taoiseach says all remaining Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted on October 22.

However this is dependent on a number of factors, including the numbers in hospital and 90pc of all over 16 year olds being vaccinated,

Masks will continue to be required in the health and retail sectors and on public transport after the remaining restrictions are eased on October 22nd, but will not be required outdoors and in private settings from that date.

Digital Covid Certificates will only be needed for international travel and will not be needed to enter a bar or restaurant from October 22nd.

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