Staying the Course for Phased Reopening from 18th May

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone — and tragic for many. We have suffered loss of loved ones — and loss of contact with family and friends. By working together, lives have been saved. The situation would be so much worse were it not for the huge effort made by everyone. For all that you have done, for your patience and sacrifice, resilience and solidarity — Thank you

As we move through this crisis, there are now six key things that you should know:

  • From Tuesday, 5th May, the 2km restriction on movement is extended to 5km and there is new advice on physical exercise for the over 70s.
  • From the 18th May we expect to begin the re-opening of our country on a carefully managed, phased basis.
  • We now have a phased flexible roadmap for re-opening businesses, retail, transport, education, sporting, social and cultural activities, and a return to social activity over the coming months.
  • We also have a plan for easing restrictions on social visits, allowing families and friends to meet each other.
  • We have a clear way for deciding when we can move from one phase of re-opening to the next, and the priority is always to minimise the number of people who will get the infection, and the number of deaths as a result
  • The social distancing, two-metre rule will remain in place — even as we re-open. Don’t forget handwashing, good cough and sneeze etiquette and social distancing are the most important things we can do.

Advice for those cocooning if going for a short walk:

  • Keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people while outside.
  • Avoid physical contact with people.
  • Don’t touch surfaces with your hands.
  • Clean your hands when you get home.
  • If you are living in a residential facility talk to your carer about what is safe for you.
  • If you are worried speak to your GP.

Overview of Reopening Phases Commencing May 18th -Press Release.pdf (size 765.6 KB)

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