The Path Ahead – Easing of Restrictions (c)

New public health measures announced: The Path Ahead

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Your quick guide to the changes

From 4 May

Activity Guidance
Construction All construction can restart
Outdoor workers Workers who work outdoors (for example: window cleaning, maintenance work) can return to work

From 10 May

Activity Guidance
Travel You can travel between counties in Ireland
Visitors to your garden Maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households
Outdoor gatherings Maximum 15 people
Outdoor training Maximum 15 people
Retail Click and collect services can restart by appointment and outdoor retail can recommence
Personal services (hairdressers, barbers, beauticians) Can reopen for customers with appointments only
Galleries, museums, libraries and other cultural attractions Can reopen
Funerals Maximum 50 mourners at service. No other events to take place
Weddings Maximum 50 guests at service. Maximum 6 guests at indoor reception or 15 outdoors
Public transport Public transport will run at 50 percent capacity
Property viewings By appointment only with licensed Property Service Providers
Vaccine bonus If you are vaccinated – you can visit other households indoors

From 17 May

Activity Guidance
Retail All remaining retail can reopen

From 2 June (subject to the public health situation at the time)

Activity Guidance
Accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels) Can reopen but services must be restricted to overnight guests and residents

From 7 June (subject to the public health situation at the time)

Activity Guidance
Visitors You can have visitors from one other household inside your home
Restaurants and bars Outdoor services can resume with groups limited to 6 people
Weddings Maximum guests at reception increases to 25
Outdoor sports matches Can be played but with no spectators
Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres Can reopen for individual training only

Today the government decided to move ahead with the Recovery and Resilience: The Path Ahead plan. We are now in the early stages of the Recovery phase of the pandemic. The National Vaccination Programme is well advanced and thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Irish people, there has been a marked improvement in the status of the virus in the community.

The decision is based on advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), that a cautious and gradual phased reopening over May and June, with an emphasis on outdoor activity and a moderate increase in social contact, can be considered low to medium risk. NPHET has advised that there is scope to ease a range of public health measures in this manner with sufficient time between any easing of measures to assess the impact.

This allows us to continue through the Recovery phase, focusing on what is safest and generates the most benefit and with a focus on outdoors activities – both social and economic. Think safe, think outdoors – this must be our theme for the summer of 2021.

The government has agreed that the following measures will apply:

What you can do in May

Everyone should continue to work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.

From 4 May

All remaining construction can recommence.

From 10 May

  • an increase in the numbers that can meet outdoors for social/recreational purposes, including in private gardens – maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households. This limit of 6 does not include their children aged 12 or younger
  • organised outdoor gatherings with a maximum attendance of 15 people
  • outdoor training for adults in pods of a maximum of 15 people
  • phased reopening of non-essential retail. Click and collect by appointment and outdoor retail can recommence from 10 May. All remaining retail to reopen from 17 May
  • reopening of personal services by appointment
  • reopening of galleries, museums, other cultural attractions
  • libraries to reopen for lending services. No access to reader spaces/PCs
  • recommencement of in-person religious services. It is advised that other religious ceremonies such as Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time
  • funerals – 50 mourners permitted at service. Related events, either before or after, should not take place
  • weddings – 50 guests permitted at service (civil or religious). For celebrations/receptions, a maximum of 6 people for indoor gatherings and 15 people for outdoor gatherings
  • inter-county travel can resume
  • increase in numbers on public transport, up to 50% of normal capacity
  • recommencement of property viewings by appointment only with licensed Property Service Providers

Vaccine bonus

From 10 May, indoor private home visiting is permitted (without masks or social distancing) in the following cases:

  • fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than 3 households present
  • fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household, provided that they are not at risk of severe illness and no more than 3 households are present

Guidance will be available for vaccinated persons in respect of home visits.

What you can do in June (subject to the public health situation at the time)

From 2 June

Accommodation services including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels can reopen. Services including leisure facilities, indoor restaurant and bar services must be restricted to overnight guests/residents only.

From 7 June

  • outdoor sports matches can recommence. No spectators are permitted
  • gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres can reopen for individual training only
  • outdoor services in restaurants and bars can recommence, with groups limited to a maximum of 6 people
  • the numbers of guests attending wedding celebrations/receptions can increase to 25
  • visiting indoors in private homes – visitors from one other household are permitted

Next steps

A number of higher-risk activities will be considered at the end of June for later in the year including:

  • indoor hospitality (restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos)
  • indoor team/group sports including matches, training and exercise classes
  • mass gatherings/events (including spectators) indoors and outdoors
  • international travel

Work is continuing on a number of other issues in preparation for the coming months:

  • a plan for an enhanced higher and further education on-campus experience for the new academic year
  • proposals on the holding of a limited number of pilot live events for arts, culture, sport and live entertainment (indoor and outdoor). This is to inform the safe reopening of these activities and events when the public health situation allows
  • preparation for the safe reopening of cinemas and theatres in June subject to public health advice

Business supports

Recovery will include economic measures to help businesses and get people back to work. Clear sectoral guidance and supports for business will be provided at each stage to ensure safe reopening. There will be no cliff edge in financial supports for businesses.

Any business currently availing of CRSS and that can now reopen as restrictions are eased will be able to avail of double restart week payments for two weeks subject to the statutory maximum of €5,000 per week to support them in meeting the costs of reopening as they exit the scheme.

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