Division between young and old on Covid-19 restrictions poses challenge

Irish Times poll shows almost equal split among public on preferred pace of reopening

Soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and clarinettist Paul Roe prepare for a performance of Concerts in the Courtyard before 40 guests at Imma, as society’s slow reopening continues. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and clarinettist Paul Roe prepare for a performance of Concerts in the Courtyard before 40 guests at Imma, as society’s slow reopening continues. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When the Government began the reopening of social and economic life in early May, Taoiseach Micheál Martin repeatedly stressed that the approach would be “cautious and conservative”.

With the country halfway through the second month of reopening, and with further lifting of restrictions planned for early July, the pace is too slow for some people – and too quick for others.

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