Disability day services will be able to return to full capacity by the end of October as the final COVID-19 restrictions lift.
The government has confirmed that day service providers have been requested to develop individual plans to fully restore services by October 22.
This is the same date as a sweeping set of changes to public health measures that will see almost all restrictions lifted.
Minister of State and Galway TD Anne Rabbitte said “We are able to take these steps because our overall strategy is working and it is now safe for day services to increase capacity.
“I know how much this means to every person who can now look forward to enjoying normal times with friends and spending time doing what they enjoy again.”
“I want to thank families and carers for the support they have given their loved ones throughout this very difficult period.”
“I also wish to thank the staff of day service providers for their dedication and commitment in providing support to people with disabilities.”
“There are many unsung heroes in disability services, and I want to assure them that I have seen the huge efforts made to ensure that life has been as normal as possible for some of the most vulnerable in our society.”
Currently day service providers are operating at 60% capacity, which was raised up from 40% at the start of this year.