Dublin City Centre has officially been re-opened to pedestrians after being closed for two days to allow for the coronavirus vaccine.
The centre will be open to pedestrian traffic from Monday to Thursday from 12:00 noon until 5:00 pm.
It is the second time the city centre has been reopening to pedestrians in recent weeks.
On Wednesday, Dublin City Council re-introduced the centre’s pedestrian crossing points at 12:30 noon and 4:30 pm on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, it was announced that the city’s public transport services will be extended from 8am to 4pm and the bus service will be cancelled.
There is also a new bus line running on Saturday from 6:00pm to 9:00am.
The bus stops will also be expanded.
On Saturday, the city also announced that a number of community health centres will be re-opening, including the Mayo Clinic, the Mayo Hospital and the Dublin City Health Campus.
The health centre closures will affect around 6,000 people.
On Friday, Dublin Mayor Leo Varadkar said he was very confident that Dublin City Center will be reopened on Saturday.
He said: “The mayor has already spoken to Dr John McEntee, the president of the Council of State, who said that there is a high level of confidence in the mayor and that the reopening of Dublin City is on course.”
It is understood that Dublin will also reopen the tram network on Saturday, which is expected to run from 12 noon until 2:00 am.
It was announced earlier this month that the Gardaí will not be patrolling Dublin City’s main road during the coronivirus pandemic.
The city is expected have one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe.
The number of cases in the capital has risen to 5,547, a figure that has surpassed the previous high of 4,066 reported in February 2016.
However, this number will be kept low for now, with the virus shedding only a small number of its infections in Dublin city.
The Irish Examiner understands that Dublin’s total number of confirmed cases will be around 4,000.