In Ireland the Covid-19 Corona Virus lockdown began on Friday 27th March 2020. From 18 May 2020, Phase 1 of Ireland’s Roadmap for reopening came into place. Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions came into place on 8 June. Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions came into place on 29 June.
Here are some of the changes that came into place below in relation to work, retail, face coverings and travel:-
COVID-19 is still having a major impact on our country. By working together we have made progress – but the virus is still in Ireland.
As we reopen our country, it is vital that we all continue to observe the public health guidance. To stay safe, you need to limit where you go and limit the number of people you meet. Here is a summary of restrictions that have been lifted in Phase 3:
Easing of stay local
You can now travel anywhere in Ireland.
Face coverings are recommended for public transport, retail outlets, and other places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
Education and childcare
Certain education facilities, creches, childminding facilities, pre-schools and all indoor and outdoor amenities for children may reopen
Economic activity and work
Anyone who can work from home should continue to work from home wherever possible. Additional businesses such as wellbeing services, hairdressers, driving schools and all remaining retail have been permitted to re-open subject to compliance with work protocols and health guidance.
Other businesses that can re-open are Cafés, restaurants and pubs providing on premises food and beverages and hotels, hostels, caravan parks and holiday parks
There have also been lifting of restrictions on Music, Cultural and religious, sport
Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings up to 200 people when conducted in line with public health advice are permissible.
Transport and travel
Walk or cycle if possible. In relation to public transport, social distancing means that overall capacity remains restricted. People are advised to use public transport only for essential journeys. Face coverings should be worn. Avoid peak-time travel.
In relation to International travel, all non-essential overseas travel should be avoided. Passengers arriving from overseas are expected to self-isolate for 14 days. Passengers will also have to complete a form showing where they will self-isolate.
Private transport may resume
Over 70s or medically vulnerable people should still stay at home as much as possible and follow the health guidelines.
We have done great work to get this far but please remember
that the virus is a threat. We only need to look at the USA to see how it can go wrong if everyone doesn’t do their bit. We must practice the normal things to make sure we do not catch or spread the virus such as the following:-
- Staying at home if at all
- social distancing (keeping at
least 2 metres away from other people)
- wear a mask if social distancing is not possible
- washing your hands properly and
- covering your mouth and nose with
a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
- not touching your eyes, nose or
mouth if your hands are not clean
Remember to continue to follow HSE guidelines when posting jobs
on our website to make sure that work you are carrying out is permitted under the guidelines.
You can see the full list of the Phase 3 Lifting of Covid-19 Restrictions on the Government website here
At Tradesmen.ie, we are continuing to provide our service while adhering to the guidelines. Please feel free to look for quotes but only work that complies with the government guidelines should be carried out until these restrictions are lifted.
If you, or a member of your family are experiencing symptoms potentially linked to Coronavirus, please call the HSE on 1850 241 850, follow the advice on www.hse.ie and contact your family Doctor.
We all have a personal responsibility to follow the guidelines that are in place. In particular, I would encourage everyone yet again to wear face coverings to protect others. If we all abide by the guidelines we will have a much better chance of getting over this pandemic as soon as possible.
5 July 2020