A full announcement on the roadmap is expected this afternoon.

People will be allowed to travel anywhere within their own county under a further easing of lockdown measures from Monday.

Cabinet Ministers met this morning and approved new measures to take effect from Monday that will allow people to move anywhere within their own counties.

The original plan for Phase Two was that people would be allowed to move 20 kilometres away from their homes. However, there was concern that for those in more isolated rural areas that would mean little change from the last phase.

It’s understood the government has also approved scrapping the movement limit entirely from the end of June.

There has also been proposals to examine opening pubs and hotels earlier than planned in order to allow them to try to make some benefit of the summer season. Those are among the major deviations from the roadmap plan originally announced.

People will be allowed to go into each other’s homes from Monday in small, socially distanced groups. It’s also expected that playgrounds will re-open – and that there will be announcements on summer camps and visitation to nursing homes.

A full announcement on the roadmap will come this afternoon.