The Darling Buds Of May


This morning

The cabinet are signing off on the lifting of restrictions wich may mean…

People will be able to travel across the country from 10 May.

On the same date hairdressers will reopen for appointments. Click-and-collect retail and team sports training will resume.

Up to 50 people will be allowed attend religious services including weddings, funerals and masses.

However, indoor wedding parties will remain capped at six guests and 15 for outdoor celebrations.

Also on 10 May, three households can meet outdoors including in private gardens and a vaccinated household can meet an unvaccinated one indoors.

Three vaccinated households can also meet indoors.

Outdoor events with up to 15 people will be allowed from this date. All construction workers will return to sites either on or before 10 May.

On 17 May all shops will be able to reopen and on 2 June hotels and guesthouses will be open again.

Outdoor hospitality – including restaurants and all pubs – will open on 7 June.

On that day too sports matches will resume, but no crowds will be allowed to attend.

Hope for a more positive summer, says Coveney (RTÉ)



HSE CEO Paul Reid at Dr Steevens’ Hospital for the weekly HSE operational update on the response to Covid-19

This morning.

Speaking at a HSE briefing, CEO Paul Reid said lower transmission levels of the virus are impacting positively on the health system along with the vaccination programme. Mr Reid said there has also been a “massive return to work” of healthcare workers who were close contacts.



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19 thoughts on “The Darling Buds Of May

  1. frank

    3 vaccinated households can meet indoors.
    If they are bloody vaccinated why can’t 300 or 3million vaccinated households meet indoors?????????
    Explain that there to me Cian

    1. Cian

      I don’t know where you live, but I wouldn’t fit 3million vaccinated households in my gaff.

      But I don’t know why there is a limit. In theory there shouldn’t be restrictions on fully vaccinated people meeting other fully vaccinated people.

        1. Cian

          Vaccines don’t offer 100% protection (this statement applies to *all* vaccines not just Covid)

          Latest studies suggest AZ vaccine offers ~60% protection from you catching Covid (14 days) after 1st dose, up to ~80% (14 days) after the second dose.

          If you are unlucky enough to catch Covid after you’ve been vaccinated there is a ~50% reduction in transmission (how likely you will pass it to others).

  2. Janet, chatty mammy

    if my parents are now vacinated, why shouldn’t I go inside ?
    they are deluded, whatever my views on the inconsistency of all messages, do they think people have been sticking to this ?

  3. Rapscallion

    I suspect it may have to do with the idea that the vaccine isn’t 100% effective and that vaccinated people can still be carriers. Reduced contacts = reduced risk to the wider community.

    1. Mr. T

      Even if vaccinated people can be carriers, they are at no risk from the virus whether they catch it or not.

      1. Broadbag

        True, but if you have 10 vaccinated people meeting up in a confined space and one is carrying it, you may then have 10 carriers by the end of the meet up, these 10 are then out and about spreading it in the community, which then begs the question why are the vaccinated exempt from MHQ?

        1. ReproBertie

          “these 10 are then out and about spreading it in the community”

          The studies are ongoing but so far the results indicate that vaccinated people are not likely to be spreading it.

      2. Cian

        “Even if vaccinated people can be carriers, they are at no risk from the virus whether they catch it or not.”

        Not true; there is still a risk of infection if you are vaccinated. You are less likely to get Covid, but it is still possible.
        You are, however, 50% less likely to transmit it to others.

    2. frank

      To keep maintaining restrictions because we can’t be 100% vaccinated or 100% safe is absurd.
      Nothing is 100%

  4. K. Cavan

    Our hospitals are stuffed to the gills with 153 Covid patients, surely it’s time to double-down on our efforts to torture & confuse the public with a set of New Normal Regulations that, I assume, most people just glided past (yes, you did). I assume this is the part of the Covid Operation (per the World Bank) where the idiot gofors in our government & health services allow some easing of the waterboarding regime, then dangle the experimental mRNA jibjabs & say “you can have 3 families from different etc all the time, just please have a jab, Klaus Schwab says if you don’t he’s not going to invite Simon Coveney to Davos, ever again..” Lots of people actually think “fully vaccinated” means 2 jabs but they weren’t paying attention when Bill Gates announced “The Decade Of Vaccines”, which STARTS with these 2. Soon enough they’ll roll out a new jab for every variant, despite the variants being 99.7% genetically identical & with identical clinical presentation. Given that one common Coronavirus is known to have 29 variants, cells in the bodies of the Lab Rats will have so many protein spikes, they’ll resemble hedgehogs. Time to corner the market in slugs?

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