Current restrictions to stay in place until May 18 (Updated)

Current restrictions will remain in place until Monday the 18th of May.

From Tuesday next it will be possible to travel up to 5km from your home for the purposes of exercise.

For people who are “Cocooning” the public health advice is to continue to do so. However from Tuesday it will be possible to go for a walk or a drive within 5km of your home if you avoid all contact with other people.

The Taoiseach said ” The plan is to open the country in a slow, staged, phased way, 5 stages, 3 weeks apart, starting on May 18th, and all things going to plan the 5th stage will commence on August the 10th.

Unfortunately the second wave of the virus is ever present, so we can only move from one phase to the next, if the virus stays under control between each phase, and there is a risk we will have to back a phase if that happens.

From 18 May, some retail outlets like garden centres, hardware stores and repair shops will reopen. Some sporting activities in small groups will be allowed. 

He said many regular health services will resume operating and it will be possible to meet friends and family in small groups outdoors. 

Phase 1 (18th May)

  • allow outdoor meetings between people from different households
  • open up childcare for healthcare workers
  • phased return of outdoor workers
  • open retailers which are primarily outdoor or those which were open during first level of restriction (e.g. opticians)
  • opening of certain outdoor public amenities

Phase 2 (8 June)

  • allow visits to households
  • develop plans and supports to open up business with consideration for safety of staff and customers
  • open small retail outlets and marts where social distancing can be observed
  • open public libraries

Phase 3 (29 June)

  • allow small social gatherings
  • opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers in phased manner
  • return to work for those with low levels of interaction
  • open non-essential retail outlets with street level entrance and exit
  • open playgrounds

Phase 4 (20 July)

  • opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of all other workers on a gradually increasing basis
  • return to work for those who cannot work from home
  • gradual easing of restrictions for higher risk services (e.g. Hairdressers)
  • opening of museums, galleries, places of worship

Phase 5 (10 August)

  • allow larger social gatherings
  • return to work across all sectors
  • on a phased basis, commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2020/2021, opening of primary and secondary schools and 3rd level institutions
  • further easing of restrictions on high risk retail services

The Roadmap also sets out a framework for future decision making, which will at all times be underpinned by public health advice. The Government will regularly assess the following criteria as we seek to keep the level of transmission low while gradually restarting our economy.

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