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People shouldn't go on holiday yet, Leo Varadkar says

People should not go on holiday yet, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said

No one should come to or leave the Republic to go on holiday as travel restrictions remain in place, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.

Speaking at a post-cabinet press briefing in Dublin today, he said this advice will be reviewed in two weeks' time.

"Several European countries have reopened their borders and resumed flights, we're not going to do that yet. The decision here in Ireland is that travel restrictions remain in place," he said.

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"Nobody should leave Ireland for the purpose of tourism and nobody should come to Ireland for the purpose of tourism or leisure.

"If anyone is coming here for an essential journey, they are required to fill a passenger location form and are advised to self-isolate for 14 days. That is not going to change for now. We will review the situation in two weeks' time when we see how the situation has developed in other countries."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Picture by Brian Lawless, Press Association

Mr Varadkar said people have the constitutional right as EU citizens to travel freely between the UK and Ireland, but now there is a public health emergency.

"This is an unusual situation. It is a public health emergency and in certain situations like that, members states are able to make their own rules," he said.

"We want to be in a position to agree air bridges to allow travel between Ireland and other countries where the virus is also successfully suppressed but we think that Monday June 15 is far too soon for us to do that.

"We are going to see what is possible and we will talk to our colleagues in the UK and the administration in Northern Ireland about the situation in two weeks' time but our advice on travel remains the same."

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