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Government announces roadmap for exiting lockdown.

The government has published its hoped-for roadmap for emerging from the Covid-19 crisis.

5TH MAY:
– 2k travel restriction for exercise extends to 5k.
– Those cocooning can take exercise each day whilst avoiding interaction.

STARTING 18TH MAY (Phase 1):
– Up to four people not of the same household can meet outdoors. Avoid non-essential social visits.
– Continue current restrictions on attendance at funerals to a maximum of 10 people and only members of the household, close family or close friends if the deceased has no household or family members.
– School and college buildings to open for access by teachers for organisation and distribution of remote learning.
– Phased return of outdoor workers, e.g. construction workers, gardeners, allotments. Social distancing will apply. Continue current remote/distance working for all other workers.
– Open retail outlets that are primarily outdoor e.g. garden centres, hardware stores, farmers markets.
– Open outdoor public amenities and tourism sites (e.g. carparks, beaches, mountain walks, etc) where people are non-stationary and where social distancing can be maintained.
– Open outdoor public sports amenities (e.g. pitches, golf courses) where social distancing can be maintained.
– Permit people to engage in outdoor sporting and fitness whether individually or in very small groups (max 4 people) where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.

STARTING 8TH JUNE (Phase 2):
– Extend travel/exercise restriction to within 20 k of home whilst continuing to avoid unnecessary journeys.
– Those cocooning can shop in designated retail hours. They can also be visited for short periods in their own homes.
– Number of people in attendance at funerals still restricted to immediate family and close friends and limited to a maximum number of mourners for a limited period of time where social distancing can be maintained.
– Phased return of solitary and other workers who can, due to the nature of their work, maintain 2m distance constantly.
– Open small retail outlets with small numbers of staff so the retailer can control the number of individuals that staff and customers interact with at any one time. Open marts where social distancing can be maintained.
– Open public libraries with numbers limited.
– Permit outdoor sporting and fitness activities involving small group team sports training. No matches and no contact.
– Public transport providers still restricting numbers but enhancing timetables.

STARTING 29TH JUNE (Phase 3):
– Travel restrictions still within 20k of home and till only for essential journeys.
– Up to four people may visit another household for a short period of time whilst maintaining strict social distancing.
– Creches, childminders and preschools will open for children of essential workers in a phased manner with social distancing and other requirements applying.
– Start a phased approach to visiting at hospitals and residential care settings.
– Organisations where employees have low levels of daily interaction with people and where social distancing can be maintained can return to work. Continue current remote/distance working for all other workers.
– Phase in opening of all other non-essential retail outlets whilst restricting the number of staff and customers per square metre.
– Open playgrounds where social distancing and hygiene can be maintained.
– Permit “behind closed doors” sporting activities where arrangements are put in place to enable participants to maintain social distancing.
– Open cafes and restaurants providing on-premises food where they can comply with social distancing and have strict cleaning procedures.
– Consider implementing travel restrictions on numbers travelling to and in major urban centres on weekdays and weekends, including restrictions on numbers of private cars.

STARTING 20TH JULY:
– Extend travel to outside your region.
– Slightly larger number of people may visit another household for a short period of time whilst maintaining social distancing.
– Smalll social gatherings by family and close friends to a maximum number of attendees for a limited period of time where social distancing can be maintained, e.g. small weddings, baptisms.
– Opening of creches, childminders and preschools for children of all other workers on a gradually phased basis (e.g. one day per week) and slowly increasing thereafter.
– Apply a risk based return to onsite working. Organisations where employees cannot remote work are to be considered first. Shift work, staggered hours, etc. should be operated to limit interaction. Continue current remote/distance working for all other workers.
– Start loosening restrictions on higher risk services involving direct physical contact like hairdressers.
– Open museums, galleries and other cultural outlets where people are non-stationary and social distancing can be maintained. Open religious and places of worship maintaining social distancing measures.
– Permit sports team leagues but only where limitations are placed on spectator numbers.
– Open public swimming pools where effective cleaning can be carried out and social distancing maintained.
– Open hotels, hostels, caravan parks, holiday parks for social and tourist activities initially on a limited occupancy basis or number of people per square metre and then increasing over time. Hotel bars to stay closed.
– Progressively decrease restrictions on numbers travelling in major urban centres.

STARTING 10TH AUGUST (Phase 5):
– No stay at home restrictions
– Family gatherings are fine but large weddings at their like are to be restricted due to risk.
– All schools, universities, 3rd level education centres and adult education centres to start opening on a phased basis at the beginning of the academic year.
– Return to normal visiting for hospitals and residential care settings.
– Apply a risk-based return to onsite working with higher risk organisations who cannot easily maintain social distancing to implement plans for how they can progress towards a return of their full staff
– Shopping centres reopen, social distancing still applying.
– Further loosening of restrictions on services involving direct physical contact for which there is not a wide demand, e.g. tattoo, piercing.
– Open theatres and cinemas where social distancing can be maintained.
– Permit close physical contact sports.
– Open gyms, exercise, dance studios and sports clubs where regular and effective cleaning can be carried out and social distancing maintained.
– Permit sports spectatorship which involve mass gatherings in accordance with indoor and outdoor number restrictions and where social distancing can be complied with.
– Permit opening of indoor recreational venues where numbers can be limited, cleaning can be maintained and social distancing can be complied with.
– Open bars, pubs, nightclubs, casinos where social distancing and strict cleaning can be complied with.
– Festivals and other social events/gatherings to be phased in in accordance with indoor and outdoor number restrictions and maintaining social distancing.
– Resume tourist travel to offshore islands by non-residents.