The government has confirmed dates for the reopening of theatres and cinemas, with a reopening plan starting from 7th June 2021.
“Given our progress in the vaccination programme during the month of May and the current levels of the virus in our society, all of the measures that we hoped to introduce in June will now go ahead,” announced Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
Up to 200 people will be able to attend outdoor events in venues with a minimum capacity of 5000. He also said, up to 100 people will be allowed to attend other outdoor events.
While indoor events can return on 5th of July, Theatres and Cinemas are confirmed to be exceptions (via a tweet from the department).
“From 5 July, indoor events will recommence, with maximum of 100 attendees in larger venues and 50 in all others,” he said.
A number of pilot sporting and cultural events are set to take place in June and early July to test the logistical requirements for further reopening.
TD Catherine Martin, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, quickly released a video statement via Twitter.
Here are the four cultural events aligned for the month of June.
An outdoor music event curated by the National Concert Hall will take place in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on 10th June 2021. The event holds a total capacity of 500 people.
On 23rd June 2021, University Limerick Concert Hall, Co. Limerick will host an indoor opera event with a capacity of 519 people.
A fully seated, music festival type event will be held in Phoenix Park, Dublin on 26th June 2021 with a capacity of 3,500 people.
Ireland’s National Events Centre (INEC) Club in Killarney, Co. Kerry will be hosting an indoor music performance on 26th June 2021. The event will be fully seated in a hotel setting and hold a capacity of 200 people.
The Taoiseach emphasised that the government was able to take these steps due to their successful overall strategy and the public’s right choices.
He also emphasised that “continued progress is not inevitable”.
“We all want out of the restrictions, but that will require each of us, as individuals, business owners, arts and sports officers, as friends, neighbours and family, to stick to the guidelines that are still in place for the coming period.
“If we continue to mind each other. If we continue to make the right choices, be vigilant, take our vaccine when our turn comes; If we continue to do all these things, the end of this is within our grasp,” said Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
He hopes for the public to continue to practice safety measures as he understands that this coming month would be crucial in determining the end of the pandemic in Ireland.