Editorial: Outdoor living must not be spoiled by killjoy tactics

If this summer is to be a memorable one everybody needs to lighten up a little.

Outdoor dining in Dublin: This summer should be an opportunity to celebrate and have a good time, responsibly. Picture: RollingNews.ie

The great reopening is under way. Shops and hotels are back in business, and outdoor dining returns tomorrow. After a lockdown during which the Irish people sacrificed much and displayed uncommon forbearance, demand for the little pleasures of life – a pint, dinner with friends – is rising, and so is our pent-up energy.

The government and public health authorities tell us we can have “an outdoor summer”. It should be a moment to celebrate ...