After a slow start, Ireland has now become the country with one of the fastest vaccination rates in the world according to data from Our World In Data as reported in the Irish Times, as well as one of the highest vaccine uptakes in the world. Ireland imposed one of the strictest lockdowns, banning indoor household mixing, shutting down hospitality and retail as well as stopping people traveling more than 5 km from their homes. The country came out of its last lockdown back in May. hotels are once again open, restaurants, bars and cafes can welcome guests for outdoor service only - indoor service will be resumed on July 26 for the fully vaccinated. Cultural attractions, museums and galleries have been open since mid-May with restrictions such as social distancing and masks in place. Masks are still mandatory in enclosed public spaces, on public transport and in crowded outdoor spaces.