Let’s Go To Work


From left: Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE; Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health; and Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health at a Covid press briefing last night

This morning.


All indications point to the Cabinet giving the green light to begin the reopening of around 1,500 businesses on Monday.

These include homeware stores, garden centres, farmers’ markets, bicycle shops and motor garages, electrical and IT stores, as well as opticians.

Construction workers and gardeners are also set to be able to return to work on Monday.

As part of Phase One, people are advised to continue to stay at home as much as possible but can travel up to 5km from their home to exercise.

Outdoor spaces and tourism sites, along with golf clubs and tennis courts, can re-open as long as social distancing is in place.

Up to four people who do not live in the same household will be allowed to meet up outdoors, as long as they maintain a two-metre distance.

Cabinet set to approve easing of restrictions (RTÉ)


16 thoughts on “Let’s Go To Work

  1. Andrew

    Loads of kids out and about, from different households hanging around together already. Loads of people have been out sunbathing in the parks and at the beaches. This hasn’t really been reported in the media. I don’t know why.
    Plenty have been wilfully ignoring the restrictions.

    1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

      A lot of kids in our area from different families, all hanging around together, no social distancing.
      Some the children of school teachers, ironically enough.

    2. SOQ

      Trying get kids to social distance would be like trying to hoard mice at a crossroads. Besides, they are the lowest risk group for both infection and sickness.

      But, as this lock-down relaxes, it will start spreading again and at that time, elderly will need to be even more vigilant which will be very hard for them because everyone else outside their windows will be getting back to normal.

    3. Ringsend Incinerator

      The HSE has confirmed that the lots of people who have been out sunbathing have contracted hypothermia. Feckin’ freezing out there.

  2. Joe cool

    Typical Irish mentality. no one takes responsibility, the scapegoat will be found and the person blamed

  3. goldenbrown

    shure not a bother on the elderly and vulnerable anyway. they’ve had their time, we all have to go in the end don’t we?

    but at least it’s socially acceptable now so you can relax

    now then, I wonder if Ryanair will be doing €9.99’s again

  4. BS

    Had to drive up to swords to the vhi clinic yesterday. Had my excuses ready for the multiple Garda checkpoints I was sure I’d have to go through based on what’s been reported. Didn’t see 1 Garda on my 120 odd km round trip. I did see plenty of cars though and people out walking in groups.

    It was the first time in 2 months I’ve been more than 2km from my house and I was shocked the amount of cars on the road, they couldn’t all have been essential workers surely?! People are already ignoring the current restrictions and as they loosen they will ignore them more. When there’s another spike and restrictions need to be tightened again people just won’t comply.

  5. Kdoc

    A small beach in Sutton was crowded yesterday with young, middle-aged and even some elderly people, and no evidence of social distancing.

  6. Harry Robertson

    From Monday people can still only travel 5km for exercise. But tourist sites are open. Makes no real sense.

      1. John Smith

        ‘Outdoor spaces and tourism sites, along with golf clubs and tennis courts, can re-open as long as social distancing is in place.’

        As Harry Robertson says, this is totally illogical. Of their nature, many of these places are well outside the 5 km radius for even their fairly local clientele. When you’re talking about some parts of the country there may be hardly a house within the 5 km radius. Yet there is to be no relaxation of the 5 km for exercise!

        As regards all the businesses that are going to be allowed to open, will going to these now become ‘necessary’ journeys for ‘essential’ shopping (even though they haven’t been considered ‘essential’ up to now). If not, you still wouldn’t be able to go there, if you live more than 5 km away – and all of them will be more than 5 km from me!

        1. Cian

          The 5km rule still applies. If your golf/tennis club is more than 5km from your home – you’re out of luck The same would hold true for the ‘tourist sites’.

          And these are defined as “car parks, beaches, mountain walks [which] will be opened where people can move around freely and where social distancing can be maintained. “

          1. John Smith

            So it sounds good but is a pretty pointless development. In many places,any costs involved for the golf course or tennis courts would hardly be covered by such a limited clientele.

            Effectively all the relevant car parks, beaches and mountain walks in this part of the world are open anyway – no way to close them – but are too far away for most of the people who would like to go there and who could do do perfectly safely because they would hardly see a soul there!

            You don’t refer to the shopping, etc, Cian. Let’s hope there is more logic involved regarding that.

  7. Jonsmoke

    Construction workers have been back for the past week or more in my area. A couple of houses in my estate have vans and skips outside and lads in and out.. There’s a major building refit going on the past two weeks on the main street with a couple of lads regularly up on the roof doing work for all to see. It’s a bit of a joke to be honest.

    1. Harry Robertson

      Loads of junctions, roads and intersections being resurfaced within 2km radius in limerick.

      1: why, if construction is only back on Monday.

      2 where’s the money coming from?

      3: in my opinion, some of the roads being done don’t need resurfacing.

  8. Ringsend Incinerator

    Work? Re-open the schools FFS. I’m sick of these little Canada Gooriers and their wheelies on those rubbish bikes hangin’ around, they should be sweatin’ over Irish and Maths.

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