CBA Welcomes the Government Announcement of a Roadmap for reopening society and business

The Cork Business Association welcomes the Government's announcement on measures to ease Covid -19 restrictions commencing on May 18th in 5 separate phases. These are the full details of all five stages for your information or you can use the direct links to gov.ie provided below.

 

18 May (phase 1)

8 June (phase 2)

29 June (phase 3)

20 July (phase 4)

10 August (phase 5)

Government Roadmap

Overview of the Reopening Phases

Easing the COVID-19 restrictions on 18 May (Phase 1)

Introduction

These measures are set to come into effect on 18 May. They are a part of the roadmap for reopening society and business and will only come into effect if the medical advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team says that it is right to do so.

Public health measures

Wearing of face masks

We will be issuing further guidance on when and where people should wear face masks in the next few days, well in advance of 18 May.

Stay at home

You should still stay at home as much as you possibly can.

Meeting small groups outside

Up to 4 people who don't live together can meet outdoors while keeping at least 2 metres apart.

Funerals

The current restrictions will remain in place. Attendance at funerals is kept to a maximum of 10 people - and only members of the household, close family or close friends if the deceased has no household or family members.

Health and social care

There will be increased delivery of non-COVID-19 care and services alongside COVID-19 care to meet demand through:

implementing measures to ensure safe delivery of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 care and services side by side

continuing to deliver care and services in new ways (for example: through telephone, online, virtual clinics) and new models of care to meet demand and to alleviate concerns of patients, service users and healthcare workers

the use of masks, personal protective equipment, testing and other measures that may emerge over time

continuing to support the mental health and wellbeing initiatives directed to meeting the diverse mental health and resilience needs of the public during these times

Education and childcare

Childcare for healthcare workers

Childcare workers will provide care for the children of essential healthcare workers in the healthcare worker's home. Full details will be announced before 18 May.

Opening of schools and colleges

School and college buildings will be opened for access by teachers for organisation and distribution of remote learning.

Work

People who work outdoors

A phased return of outdoor workers (for example: construction workers, gardeners, including people working on allotments) will be allowed. Social distancing requirements continue to apply.

Remote working

Remote working is to continue for all workers or businesses that can currently do so.

Shops and other commercial businesses

Outdoor shops

Shops that are primarily outdoor (for example: garden centres, hardware stores, farmers' markets) can re-open so long as social distancing measures can be put in place.

Shops that can re-open

Shops that were previously open in Tier 2 (for example: homeware, opticians, motor, bicycle and repair, office products, electrical, IT, phone sales and repair) can open. A full list will be provided in advance of 18 May.

Sport and tourism

Outdoor spaces

Outdoor spaces and tourism sites (for example: car parks, beaches, mountain walks) will be opened where people can move around freely and where social distancing can be maintained.

Public sports grounds

Public sport amenities (for example: pitches, tennis courts, golf courses) can be opened where social distancing can be maintained.

Group exercise

People can exercise - either on their own or in a group of no more than 4 people - where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact with other people.

 

Easing the COVID-19 restrictions on 8 June (Phase 2)

Introduction

These measures are part of the second phase of lifting the public health restrictions that were put in place to protect us all from COVID-19. They come into effect on top of the measures in phase 1.

These measures are a part of the roadmap to easing restrictions. They are just an indication of what might happen if everything goes well with restricting the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland. These measures will only come into place when the National Public Health Emergency Team says that the conditions are right for more relaxation of the restrictions in place to protect us all.

 

Public health measures

Stay at home

The advice will be to still avoid unnecessary journeys wherever possible.

You will be able to travel up to 20 kilometres away from your home as opposed to the 5 kilometre limit which was in place since 5 May.

Social visits

Up to 4 people may visit another household for a short period of time but everyone must keep at least 2 metres apart from people they don't live with.

Cocooning

Shops will provide dedicated hours for those who are cocooning (people over the age of 70 and those who are medically vulnerable) with strict social distancing and gloves made available. Shoppers should ideally wear face coverings.

Those who are cocooning can have a small number of visitors to their home. The visitors must wear gloves, face coverings and keep at least 2 metres away from the person who is cocooning.

Funerals

A slightly larger number of people can be in attendance at funerals but numbers will still be restricted to immediate family and close friends and limited to a maximum number of mourners (this number will be announced closer to 8 June) for a limited period of time where social distancing can be maintained.

Work

People who can work safely while maintaining a 2-metre distance from others

Workers, like those who work on their own, as well as other workers who can keep a 2 metre distance from others can return to work. Social distancing requirements continue to apply.

Plans to be put in place by employers and the government

Organisations are to develop plans for a return to onsite working by employees in light of COVID-19, considering:

social distancing compliance

hygiene and cleaning

compliance in higher risk situations

plans for medically vulnerable or pregnant people

extended opening hours to enable social distancing

Shops and other commercial businesses

Shops that can re-open

Small retail outlets can reopen with a small number of staff on the basis that the retailer can control the number of individuals that staff and customers interact with at any one time.

Marts

Marts can be opened where social distancing can be maintained.

Sport, tourism and culture

Libraries

Public libraries may open so long as the numbers allowed in are limited, social distancing is observed and there is strict hand-sanitising in place for anyone who goes into the library.

Group exercise

People can take part in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, involving team sports training in small groups (but not matches) where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.

Easing the COVID-19 restrictions on 29 June (Phase 3)

Introduction

These measures are part of the third phase of lifting the public health restrictions that were put in place to protect us all from COVID-19. They come into effect on top of the measures announced as part of phase 2.

These measures are a part of the roadmap to easing restrictions. They are just an indication of what might happen if everything goes well with restricting the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland. These measures will only come into effect when the National Public Health Emergency Team says that the conditions are right for more relaxation of the restrictions in place to protect us all.

Public health measures

Stay at home

You should still stay at home as much as you possibly can. You can travel no further than 20 kilometres away from your home.

Education and childcare

Childcare for essential workers

The opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers will take place in a phased manner. Social distancing and other requirements will apply.

Work

People who can work safely while maintaining a 2 metre distance from others

Organisations can open where employees have low levels of daily interaction with people.

Remote working is to continue for all workers or businesses that can currently do so.

Health and Social Care Services

Phased visiting will begin in hospitals, residential centres and prisons. Consideration will be given to the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other protections.

Shops and other commercial businesses

Retail outlets

The opening of all other non-essential retail outlets will be phased in on the basis of a restriction on the number of staff and customers per square metre so that social distancing can be maintained.

This is to be limited to retail outlets with a street-level entrance and exit and does not include those in enclosed shopping centres due to higher risk.

Cafés and restaurants

Cafés and restaurants providing on-premises food and beverages can re-open. They must comply with social distancing and strict cleaning protocols.

Sport and tourism

Playgrounds

Playgrounds will be allowed to re-open where social distancing and hygiene can be maintained.

Sporting activities

Sporting activities and events can resume “behind closed doors”, where arrangements are in place to enable participants to maintain social distancing.

Transport and travel

Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions may be implemented on numbers travelling to and in major urban centres on weekdays and weekend days.

Public and private transport

Public transport providers are to actively restrict and monitor passenger numbers to ensure compliance with social distancing.

Restrictions are to be implemented on numbers of private cars.

Specific measures will be introduced at ports and airports.

 

Easing the COVID-19 restrictions on 20 July (Phase 4)

Introduction

These measures are part of the fourth phase of lifting the public health restrictions that were put in place to protect us all from COVID-19. They come into effect on top of the measures announced as part of phase 3 of the roadmap.

These measures are only an indication of what might happen if everything goes well with restricting the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland. They will only come into effect when the National Public Health Emergency Team says that the conditions are right for more relaxation of the restrictions in place to protect us all.

Public health measures

Easing of stay at home

As part of phase 4 of the roadmap, it is planned that you will be able to travel outside your region and beyond the 20 kilometre restriction in phase 3.

Social visits

A slightly larger number of people may visit another household for a short period of time while maintaining social distancing.

Social gatherings

Small social gatherings by family and close friends will be allowed but are to be limited to a maximum number of attendees for a period of time where social distancing can be maintained (for example: small weddings, baptisms).

Other non-commercial social events

Small social (non-family) gatherings will be allowed but are to be limited to a maximum number of participants for a period of time where social distancing can be maintained.

Education and childcare

Crèches, childminders and preschools will open for children of all workers on a gradually increasing phased basis (for example, one day per week) and slowly increasing thereafter.

Work

Employees who cannot work remotely are to be considered first for a return to onsite working.

Depending on the business, measures such as shift work and staggered hours should be implemented to increase the numbers of workers available for work in any 24-hour period, as long as the business can limit the number of workers interacting with each other.

Remote working continues for all workers or businesses that can do so.

Shops and other commercial businesses

Retail

Restrictions can be gradually eased on higher risk services involving direct physical contact for periods of time between people and for which there is a population wide demand (for example, hairdressers).

Cultural and social

Culture and places of worship

Museums, galleries, and other cultural outlets can be opened where people can move freely without coming into contact with others, social distancing can be maintained and strict hand hygiene is enforced on entry.

Places of worship can be opened with social distancing measures.

Sport

Competitions for sports teams (for example, soccer and GAA) can resume, but only where limitations are placed on the numbers of spectators and where social distancing can be maintained.

Public swimming pools can be opened where effective cleaning can be carried out and social distancing can be maintained.

Social and recreational

Hotels, hostels, caravan parks, and holiday parks for social and tourist activities can open, initially on a limited occupancy basis (or number of people per square metre), and then increasing over time. Social distancing measures are to be followed.

Hotel bars remain closed.

Transport and travel

Restrictions will gradually be decreased on the numbers travelling in major urban centres on public transport and in private cars.

Specific measures will be introduced at ports and airports.

 

Easing the COVID-19 restrictions on 10 August (Phase 5)

Introduction

These measures are part of the fifth phase of lifting the public health restrictions that were put in place to protect us all from COVID-19. They come into effect on top of the measures announced as part of phase 4 of the plan.

These measures are part of the roadmap to easing restrictions. They are just an indication of what might happen if everything goes well with restricting the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland.

These measures will only come into effect when the National Public Health Emergency Team says that the conditions are right for more relaxation of the restrictions in place to protect us all.

Public health measures

Travelling in Ireland

As in phase 4, you will be able to travel outside your region.

Social gatherings

Some larger social gatherings can take place (for example, weddings). These will be restricted due to the risks involved.

Some large social (non-family) gatherings can take place - these will also be restricted.

Restricted movements

Continue to restrict all household contact of suspected cases, who are either awaiting test results or are in 14 days self-isolation.

Education and childcare

Opening of schools and colleges

The following educational institutions can open on a phased basis at the beginning of the academic year 2020/21:

primary and secondary schools

universities

third level education centres

adult education centres

Health and social care services

There is to be a return to normal visiting for hospitals, residential healthcare centres, other residential settings and prisons.

Work

Return to work

A phased return to work across all sectors.

‘Higher risk’ organisations which, by their nature cannot easily maintain social distancing, will implement plans for how they can progress towards the onsite return of a full staff complement.

Remote working continues for all workers or businesses that can do so.

Shops and other commercial businesses

Enclosed shopping centres can re-open, with social distancing in place.

A further loosening of restrictions for services involving direct physical contact for periods of time between people for which there is not a population-wide demand (for example, tattoo, piercing) for later phases due to risks involved.

Cultural and social

Theatres and cinemas

Theatres and cinemas can re-open with social distancing in place.

Social

Indoor recreational venues, such as bowling alleys and bingo halls, can re-open where numbers can be limited, cleaning can be maintained, and social distancing can be complied with.

Pubs, nightclubs and casinos can re-open, where social distancing and strict cleaning can be complied with.

Festivals, events and other social and cultural mass gatherings can take place only in accordance with both indoor and outdoor number restrictions and where social distancing can be complied with.

Sport

Close physical contact sports, such as rugby and boxing, can resume.

Gyms, dance studios and sports clubs can re-open, only where regular and effective cleaning can be carried out and social distancing can be maintained.

Spectators can begin to attend live sporting events only in accordance with both indoor and outdoor number restrictions and where social distancing can be complied with.

Transport and travel

Non-resident tourist travel to offshore islands can resume.

Social distancing and hygiene measures are to continue for public and private transport.

 

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