As we come to the end of phase 1 of the easing of the lockdown, the question on everyone's lips is "what restrictions are being lifted on Monday?"
Monday, June 8 marks the beginning of phase 2 of Ireland's roadmap to recovery, subject to government confirmation on Friday. Phase 1 has seen the reopening of retail businesses such as hardware stores while people have been able to meet with up to four others within 5km of their home. But what do the next three weeks have in store as Ireland enters phase 2? Find out what restrictions are being lifted on Monday below...
What restrictions are being lifted on Monday?
The government has stated that changes to the roadmap that was announced on May 1 could be made if it is safe to do so. If there are any alterations to phase 2, we will most likely hear about them on Friday. However, this is what is currently in store for the three-week period starting from Monday, June 8:
- The advice remains to stay at home and avoid unnecessary journeys where possible
- Should you need to make a journey, the travel limit is being extended from 5km to 20km
- Up to four people can visit another household for a short visit but everyone must keep at least two metres apart from people they don't live with
- Those who have been cocooning can have a small number of visitors in their home. Visitors must wear gloves, face coverings and keep at least two metres away from the person who is cocooning
- Some people can return to their workplaces with social distancing and hygiene plans put in place by employers
- Remote working should continue for those who can do so
- Funerals will be limited to immediate family and close friends with a maximum number of people in attendance. This number will be announced on Friday, June 5
It is being reported that certain aspects of phase 3, which is due to begin on June 29, could also be brought forward, including the reopening of some playgrounds. If you have any more questions on phase 2, you should be able to find your answer here.