Public health measures in place until 18 May to prevent the spread of COVID-19

May 1, 2020 0

The Taoiseach, speaking earlier, set out a roadmap with five steps for how Irish society and the economy can be reopened. The stages will be three weeks apart starting on 18 May with with the fifth phase starting on 10 August. The Taoiseach said we can only move from one stage to the next if we can keep the virus under control. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that in later phases restaurants, cafes, bars cinemas and gyms will reopen. He said schools and colleges will reopen in September/October at the start of the academic year. 

Taoiseach Leo VaradkarThe plan is to reopen the country  in a slow staged, phased way, 5 stages, 3 weeks apart starting on May 18.  All things going to plan with the 5th phase starting on August 10th.

From next Tuesday it will be ok to travel up to 5km from your home for the purpose of exercise. For those who have been cocooning, it will be possible to go for a walk or drive up to 5km from your home.

The Taoiseach said unfortunately the risk of a second wave of the virus is ever present so we can only move from one phase to the next if the virus stays under control between each phase and there is a risk that we would have to go back a phase if that happens.

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