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Govt. Publishes Roadmap For Re-Opening Of Society & Business.

: 05/01/2020 - 19:37

Ireland moves to Phase 2 easing of Covid 19 restrictions on June 18th

Here are five things you should know for Phase 2:

  • Stay Local: You may travel within your own county, or up to 20 kilometres from your home if crossing county boundaries.
  • Meeting other people: You may meet up to 6 people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors for social gatherings. Organised outdoor exercise, sporting, cultural or social activities of up to 15 people may take place.
  • Shops: All retail is reopening. Shop locally, shop safely and support businesses in your community.
  • Work from home: It is more important than ever to work from home where possible.
  • Transport: Walk or cycle if you can. Only use public transport if you absolutely need to. Public transport capacity is limited because of social distancing requirements.

Community health

It is recommended that face coverings be worn in public places, such as shops, and on public transport.

You may meet up to six people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors for social gatherings.

Organised outdoor exercise, sporting, cultural or social activities of up to 15 people may take place.

If you are over 70 years or medically vulnerable, be extra vigilant.

Up to 25 immediate family and close friends may attend funeral services.



Outdoor summer camps may operate for post-primary children.

Playgrounds and commercially-serviced outdoor amenities may reopen.


Economic activity and work

The Return to Work Safely Protocol is the operative guide for employers and employees.

Working from home must continue wherever possible.

Marts may reopen where social distancing and hygiene can be maintained.


Retail, services and commercial activity

All retail outlets may reopen. Opening times and modes of operation may vary. Please co-operate with store staff and abide by systems put in place for your safety.


Cultural, sporting and social

Groups of up to 15, including trainers and coaches, may return to non-contact outdoor training activity (but not matches) while maintaining social distancing at all times.

Public libraries can reopen.

Behind-closed-door horse and greyhound racing can commence.


Social distancing means that overall capacity remains extremely restricted. Use public transport only for essential journeys.

Wearing a face covering is recommended.

Avoid peak-time travel.

Walk or cycle if possible.


International travel

All non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland should be avoided.

Passengers arriving from overseas are expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

Advice for those over 70 years or medically vulnerable

f you are over 70 years or medically vulnerable, please use your judgement to decide how best to apply the following public health guidance:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • you may welcome small numbers of people to your home, but maintain social distancing
  • for shopping, please use the times specially allocated by retailers
  • if you are visiting someone who is over 70 years or medically vulnerable, please be extra vigilant

Previsusly issued:

The list of essential workers is available here

Government advise to people who are cocooning and those who may care for them is available here

Covid 19 health measures are available here

Anyone in Kildare who needs non-medical, no emergency help can contact the Kildare Covid 19 Community Response Helpline:


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