The Government’s announcement on March 30th laid out the gradual easing of restrictions that are planned over the coming month, with some of those adjustments coming into effect today.
Among the changes that apply as of today, Monday April 12th, are:
- A full return to in-school teaching for all age groups
- Two households can meet up with one another outdoors for social and recreational purposes (not including private gardens). Any such meetings should be conducted safely, with social distancing and the wearing of masks.
- Travel restrictions will be relaxed, enabling travel within one’s own county or within 20km of one’s residence if crossing county boundaries
- Residential construction can recommence
- Early Learning and Childcare and school aged childcare services will be added to list of essential services for construction activity during these restrictions, aligning with the current exemption to primary and secondary schools (where school building projects are progressing) and to allow important fire safety works to progress.
As of next Monday, April 19th, elite sports permitted will include the training for and playing of GAA-organised adult inter-county national gaelic games, not including U-20 or minor competitions. Other high-performing athletes will also be allowed to train collectively, as approved by Sport Ireland, across a range of sports.
From Monday, April 26th:
- Outdoor sports facilities can reopen, including pitches, golf courses and tennis courts, and other facilities as appropriate.
- Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen (zoos, open pet farms, heritage sites). Amusement parks are not permitted to open.
- Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of no more than 15 can recommence for all exercise activities that can be delivered outdoors.
- maximum attendance at funerals will increase to 25 on compassionate grounds. Linked gatherings should not take place before or after funeral services.
The current guidance for those most vulnerable to the severe impacts of COVID-19, including the over-70’s and the medically vulnerable will be aligned with that for the general population for matters such as shopping, travel and public transport. Those who have the full protection of the vaccine may visit indoors with one other household who also has full protection. The measures will continue up to Monday May 4th, at which point the following changes will be considered:
- A full reopening of construction activity.
- The phased return of non-essential retail commencing with click and collect and outdoor retail.
- The recommencement of personal and religious services on a staggered basis.
- The re-opening of museums, galleries and libraries
Further information can be obtained at https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/