The Government has confirmed that Phase One on easing of Covid-19 restrictions will begin on Monday.
It is also advising people to wear face coverings when using busy public transport and in enclosed indoor public settings, along with adhering to all other advice on social distancing and hand washing.
People are being urged to Stay at Home except for the following reasons:
- To go to work if your workplace is open and you cannot work from home
- To shop for items you need
- To exercise within 5km
- For medical reasons or to care for others
- To meet friends or family within 5km in groups of no more than four
Outdoor workers (construction, gardeners, allotments etc) can return to work.
The following retailers can open:
- Hardware stores, builders' merchants, and stores that provide supplies and tools essential for gardening, farming and agriculture
- Opticians/optometrists/outlets providing hearing test services, selling hearing aids and appliances
- Retailers involved in the sale of, supply and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles and related facilities
- Office products and services
- Electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home
An additional hygiene measure has been announced:
- The use of face coverings on busy public transport or in enclosed indoor public areas, such as retail.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the wearing of face coverings is advisory and is not a legal requirement.
This is in addition to the advice to wash hands regularly, maintain two-metre physical distance when possible, to sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow, and to stay at home and isolate if sick.