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Tourist attractions reopen across Cork

A number of popular tourist sites across Cork have reopened, providing a much-needed boost for some local economies. From this week Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Michael Collins House, St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal Clock Gate, Cobh Heritage Centre, Spike Island and the grounds of Mallow Castle are open to the public. Dursey Cable Car will also resume service on July 6. Safety procedures have been put in place at each location.
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NCTS re-opens more centres, all Cork services to be open by mid-July

The National Care Testing Service (NCTS) has this week re-opened more of its test centres around the country and says it will open more centres in Cork in the coming weeks. Earlier this month, the NCTS re-opened its centres at Little Island and Blarney with the Skibbereen centre scheduled to re-open yesterday. The NCTS says it plans to re-open its centres in Macroom, Charleville and Youghal in mid-July. NCTS had
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Cabinet approves early exit from Covid-19 controls with gyms, cinemas open from June 29th

The Cabinet has approved plans to accelerate Ireland’s exit from restrictions put in place to tackle the spread of Covid-19. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Friday that the Cabinet has approved the re-phasing of the roadmap to reopen Ireland’s economy and society. Apart from some exceptions, many businesses and activities will return from June 29th including places of worship, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers and sporting activities. He confirmed that gatherings will
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Passengers face queuing in car parks at Dublin Airport

Social distancing requirements will reduce capacity at Dublin Airport by 70 per cent once air travel recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, while travellers face queuing outside in repurposed car parks before gaining access to terminals, the airport’s owner has said. DAA, which owns and operates Dublin and Cork Airports and has operations in 16 countries, said on Friday that the global pandemic had affected all of its businesses. Traffic at
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GAA club matches to return on July 31st with intercounty games in October

The GAA on Friday released its Safe Return to Gaelic Games plan for the weeks ahead. As anticipated it includes the return of matches for clubs on July 31st and counties no sooner than October 17th. The intercounty format has yet to be announced but it is assumed given the tightness of the scheduling that the championships will be knockout. It was emphasised by the GAA’s head of games administration
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Temperature checks for visitors after nursing homes reopen from June 15th

Nursing home visits will be limited to two named visitors per resident, and visitors must undergo temperatures checks under new public health guidelines to reopen care homes to visits. The Government on Friday signed off on a series of recommendations to permit the phrased reintroduction of visits to nursing homes and care facilities from June 15th. The reopening of the nursing homes, which have been closed to visitors since mid-March,
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Taoiseach announces accelerated easing of coronavirus restrictions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that the roadmap to reopening the country will be accelerated and shortened as he said a “new day” is approaching. The plan will now be shortened from five to four phases. From Monday people can travel anywhere within their own county or up to 20km from their home, whichever is the larger distance. Travel restrictions will be removed on June 29th. From Monday groups of
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Cork greyhound tracks reopen for trainers but no racing until later in June

GREYHOUND activity returns at Curraheen Park this Monday and on Tuesday in Youghal. While greyhound racing doesn't restart formally until June 29, trainers will begin preparations for the resumption after the weekend. Classic winning trainer from Blarney, Johnny Linehan is excited about greyhound racing returning. "We are really looking forward to starting again. We have been galloping away and I've trials booked for Monday and Wednesday. We will also have
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Larger retail stores to reopen on Monday ahead of schedule

The opening of larger retail stores is to be brought forward and will see some bigger shops open from next Monday. The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met today and is recommending that some larger retailers be allowed open next week as long as they have entrances onto the street. It will not include retailers based in shopping centres. This was due to initially happen on June 29th —
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Proposals made to NPHET on bringing forward the easing of some restrictions, says Taoiseach

THE TAOISEACH HAS told the Dáil the government has made proposals to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to bring forward the easing of some restrictions. He said: “We have made proposals to the Chief Medical Officer and NPHET about bringing things forward from [phases] four and three and three and two. “NPHET is considering the proposals and Government will make a decision on that on Friday morning and
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Harris says there is ‘a slight potential increase’ in the Covid-19 reproductive rate

THERE HAS BEEN a “a slight potential increase” in the Covid-19 reproductive rate, according to the Health Minister Simon Harris. The reproductive rate of the virus refers to how many other people a confirmed case goes on to infect. Speaking in the Dáil today, Harris said the rate is now calculated as between 0.4 and 0.7. Last week, the reproduction number was between 0.4 and 0.5. The week previous, it was
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Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be extended for months, but reduced for part-timers

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has told the Dáil that the pandemic unemployment payment will be extended “for months, not weeks”, but that those who worked part-time prior to the crisis will see the amount they receive cut. He said that those who were working full-time prior to receiving the Covid-19 unemployment payment will continue to receive €350 a week into the future. However, those who were working part-time will see their
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NCTS Centres set to reopen

NCTS are reopening the NCT service on a phased basis from the 8 June 2020 with the reopening of 15 centres. Customers of those vehicles that had a test due date prior to 28 March 2020 are now invited to make a booking for one of the following centres: Cork – Little Island Cork – Blarney Northpoint 1 & 2, Dublin Deansgrange, Dublin Fonthill, Dublin Galway Limerick Waterford Letterkenny Athlone
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Health boss advises people against booking holidays

he public has been advised not to book any holidays for the foreseeable future by the Secretary-General of the Department of Health. Jim Breslin appeared before the Oireachtas Covid Committee today and said that all non-essential travel, including booking holidays, both at home and abroad is not advisable. "The position at the moment is there should be no non-essential travel overseas, that'll be kept under review," Mr Breslin said. "We
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Phase 2 Details

STARTING 8TH JUNE 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
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Public urged to stick with ‘tough’ restrictions to allow phase two proceed next week

The Government has urged people to stick with ‘tough’ measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus so that some restrictions can be eased as planned on June 8th. At the Government’s morning Covid-19 briefing on Tuesday, assistant secretary general at the Department of Taoiseach Liz Canavan said people should continue adhering to travel and social distancing guidelines. She asked people to “keep it up for a few more days”. “We
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‘Stick to the guidelines’ – People warned not to gather in crowds as sunny weekend approaches

Ahead of the June bank holiday weekend and expected warm and sunny weather, the Government has urged the public to avoid spending prolonged periods at crowded amenities . At the Government’s morning Covid-19 briefing, assistant secretary general at the Department of Taoiseach Liz Canavan also said the 5km travel limit applies to beaches and other amenities. “It’s vital as we move into the bank holiday weekend that we continue the good work. With
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‘We can’t stay in hibernation forever’ – Return of visitors to holiday villages stirs up mixed emotions

As the sun-drenched bank holiday weekend approaches, there are mixed feelings about the possibility of an influx of visitors to coastal areas. The village of Kilkee in Co Clare, hit the headlines in April after a series of threatening posters were displayed around the scenic resort town telling holiday homeowners to "f**k off" The A4 printed pages were widely condemned by locals, but concerns remained about holiday homeowners breaking lockdown
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Drivers face bank holiday checkpoints after crash deaths soar

Don't do it - that's the advice given by gardaí to anyone thinking of driving to a holiday home outside their 5km limit over the bank holiday weekend. Speaking at the launch of an appeal for road users to exercise extra caution this weekend, officers warned there would be checkpoints in place after revealing there had been a doubling of pedestrian deaths in the year to date, and a 17pc
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Continued rise in number of COVID-19 cases in Cork despite freezes elsewhere

The number of cases of COVID-19 reported from Cork is continuing to rise despite freezes elsewhere. Latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show that as of midnight on Monday, 1,451 cases of COVID-19 had been reported from Cork since the start of the outbreak, an increase of 11 cases on the previous day. Cork was one of just ten counties which reported an increase in the number
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COVID-19 BUSINESS RESTART GRANT

Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses Online applications can now be made to Cork County Council for the Restart Grant for small businesses. As part of the Governments package of supports, this €250m fund will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures. Between €2,000 and €10,000 of direct aid
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Housing Operational Directorates Advisory to Members of Cork County Council

Housing Operational Directorates Advisory to Members of Cork County Council The following Housing services will recommence next week: Construction of social housing Surveys and Site investigations for construction projects Refurbishment of vacant houses Allocations DPG works Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Inspections – New and Stage Payments Municipal Districts Car parks to beaches will reopen and any walkways, greenways/cycleways that had restricted access in place will be reopened fully. This excludes
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Phase 1 Reopening Details

List of Businesses that can reopen on the the first phase next Monday the 18th. But please note people must still stay inside the 5k travel restriction as this is still in place and will have to refrain from non essential journeys. As of Monday 18th Phase 1 will include It has been confirmed that HARDWARE but not HOMEWARE shops can reopen under easing of restrictions from Monday. Other businesses
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Civic Amenity Sites to reopen fully

Civic Amenity (CA) Sites will from Monday 18th May, 2020 return to accepting the full range of waste materials accepted before Covid-19 restrictions were introduced. There will be additional staff on site to control traffic and ensure social distancing is maintained. This may result in delays at peak times. Opening times, charges and services available at each site can be found at https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/allcivicamenitysites The following conditions will continue to apply: Black