These measures are now in place. They are part of the roadmap for reopening society and business.
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 are five things you should know for Phase 2:
Social distancing of 2 metres is STILL REQUIRED
It is recommended that face coverings be worn in public places, such as shops, and on public transport.
You may meet up to six people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors for social gatherings.
Organised outdoor exercise, sporting, cultural or social activities of up to 15 people may take place.
If you are over 70 years or medically vulnerable, be extra vigilant.
Up to 25 immediate family and close friends may attend funeral services.
Outdoor summer camps may operate for post-primary children.
Playgrounds and commercially-serviced outdoor amenities may reopen.
Economic activity and work
The Return to Work Safely Protocol is the operative guide for employers and employees.
Working from home must continue wherever possible.
Marts may reopen where social distancing and hygiene can be maintained.
Retail, services and commercial activity
All retail outlets may reopen. Opening times and modes of operation may vary. Please co-operate with store staff and abide by systems put in place for your safety.
Cultural, sporting and social
Groups of up to 15, including trainers and coaches, may return to non-contact outdoor training activity (but not matches) while maintaining social distancing at all times.
Public libraries can reopen.
Behind-closed-door horse and greyhound racing can commence.
Transport and travel
Social distancing means that overall capacity remains extremely restricted. Use public transport only for essential journeys.
Wearing a face covering is recommended.
Avoid peak-time travel.
Walk or cycle if possible.
All non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland 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.
Advice for those over 70 years or medically vulnerable
If you are over 70 years or medically vulnerable, please use your judgement to decide how best to apply the following public health guidance:
The Irish Government thanks YOU for all your efforts in complying with the lockdown & helping to stop the spread of COVID 19 and for helping to SAVE LIVES.
The virus is NOT GONE AWAY so very careful compliance with restrictions is still required during Phase 1 of reopening from 18th May until the 7th of June. Normal rules regarding frequent & careful hand washing and social distancing continue to apply and are JUST AS IMPORTANT now as they were at the very start.
If you are not at work or going back to work, then very little changes in terms of restrictions. However, groups of no more than 4 can meet in the open whilst observing the normal 2m social distancing rule, within 5km from where they live.
You still may NOT go into other people's homes or congregate in other buildings and for those in the Centres, if you stay out over night without prior agreement with Centre Management, then you can be stopped from returning.
There is now also guidance on wearing FACE MASKS (Face Coverings). Masks, made by ladies in Ashbourne & Kinsale Road Centres were given to residents in all Cork City Centres. Face masks are mostly about you preventing the spread of the virus from you yourself to others when you may have it but have not yet started to feel the symptoms. You are therefore caring for others by wearing a mask.
They are NOT MANDATORY but you are advised to wear them in areas outside the Centres where social distancing is not possible or is difficult to ensure - i.e. in shops, shopping centres etc. From a hygiene point of view and to prevent infecting yourself when wearing a mask, the Irish Government Guidance on Wearing a Face Covering referred to here on this website should be carefully adhered to. Please read it carefully.
Wearing gloves for non-medical uses is NOT RECOMMENDED by the Irish Government as it can increase the potential of virus spread.
More details on Phase 1 of reopening are given here
To view a short video on Phase 1 click on the image below