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Emer Kennedy gets ready for the reopening of Newlands Home and Garden Centre in Clondalkin, Dublin, today as the first businesses begin to come out of Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Emer Kennedy gets ready for the reopening of Newlands Home and Garden Centre in Clondalkin, Dublin, today as the first businesses begin to come out of Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Emer Kennedy gets ready for the reopening of Newlands Home and Garden Centre in Clondalkin, Dublin, today as the first businesses begin to come out of Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

As the first phase of easing of lockdown restrictions begins today, there is widespread nervousness among health officials that the spread of the coronavirus could creep up again.

Hundreds of garden centres, DIY stores and golf courses reopen today while construction workers are returning to building sites.

And, for the first time in two months, four people from different households are allowed to meet outside, albeit while maintaining a two-metre physical distance and staying within 5km of their homes.


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