‘Just because it’s open, doesn’t mean we need to go’
That was the message from Minister for Health Simon Harris TD this morning as DIY shops across the country prepare to reopen after almost two months in lockdown.
As Phase One of the plan to restart Ireland’s economy begins this morning and repair shops, garden centres, opticians and garages are among the first to start trading again, Minister Harris reminded the public that Covid-19 has not gone away and any loosening of the rules should be observed with caution.
Day 1 of new phase, a few thoughts:
– your effort has gotten us here
– virus has not gone away
– care & caution needed
– keep following health advice
– just because it’s open doesn’t mean we need to go
– get these 3 weeks right & we can move further then
Keep safe. #Covid19
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 18, 2020
Outdoor amenities such as golf courses, beaches and tennis courts will also be allowed to reopen today, provided social distancing rules are adhered to.
Landscapers and construction workers can also get back to work, with construction companies planning to roll out retraining programmes to ensure all site employees comply with new Covid-19 safety measures.
With a further 10 deaths and 64 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Ireland on Sunday, the lowest in two months, the official advice is to stay at home as much as possible but from today, people can travel up to 5km from their homes for exercise.
Groups of up to four people who do not live in the same household can also meet up outdoors, provided they keep a safe distance of two metres.
Face coverings should be worn on public transport in spaces where social distancing can not be maintained but they are not mandatory.