Non-essential shops and businesses reopen in the Republic of Ireland for the first time since December 2020. The government lifted some rules and allowed the reopening of shopping centers and personal services such as hairdressers. Tánaiste (Irish Deputy Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar encourages people to buy local products while still following COVID-19 safety rules. According to the government’s roadmap, hotels, hostels, and self-caterings will reopen from June 2. From June 7, restaurants, bars, gyms, and leisure centers will follow. Ireland’s industry organization, Retail Excellence, told the media that the reopening was possible because of the government’s effective vaccine rollout. The Irish government assured the industry that it will not be “going backwards” after this week’s reopening. Damien English, Ireland’s Minister, said that it had been a “long road” for businesses to reopen after more than five months. He added that people should work together to return to normal soon as possible.