You probably already have an appointment.
But in case you’ve been isolating under a rock for the past two weeks, today is the day: hair salons, barbers, spas and beauty therapists can finally open their doors to customers as part of Phase Three of the Government’s roadmap for reopening Ireland.
While cocooning has officially ended, supermarkets will continue to offer priority shopping slots so that vulnerable people and the elderly can continue to shop safely and face coverings are recommended.
Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed once they are conducted in line with public health advice and outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people are back on the cards too – good news if you’re planning an alfresco wedding or celebration.
Here’s a list of other services that are allowed to reopen this week, starting Monday, June 29th:
Food: Cafés, restaurants and pubs that are equipped to serve a “substantial meal” costing at least €9 are permitted to reopen today. Many popular spots opened their books for reservations over the weekend.
Travel: Breaks away are back on too, with hotels, hostels and caravan parks welcoming guests for the first time this season, but Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan has warned Irish holidaymakers against foreign travel, saying ‘2020 is a year for a staycation’.
Tourist travel to offshore islands may resume, but passengers arriving from overseas are expected to self- isolate for 14 days and will also have to complete a form showing where they will self-isolate.
We move to phase 3 on Mon 29th June. Very low levels of #COVID19. What worries me most now is travel from overseas and I fear many planning foreign trips. 2020 is a year for a staycation. Stay in Ireland, spend locally and follow public health advice. @roinnslainte @HSELive
— Dr Tony Holohan (@CMOIreland) June 27, 2020
Childcare: Some childcare services will be reopening today, with priority given to children of frontline workers and vulnerable children. Summer camps have been given the green light too.
Culture: Theatres, museums, galleries and concert halls can reopen today. The Crawford Art Gallery opens its doors at 10am.
We can’t wait to welcome visitors back from 10am Monday 29 June. The whole team has been busy making sure that your visit will be safe and comfortable.
— Crawford Art Gallery (@CrawfordArtGall) June 28, 2020
Sport and fitness: Gyms, training facilities, swimming pools and team sports are allowed to resume and reopen today. Your weekly yoga or Pilates class will probably be back on too.
Massage: Ready to deal with that crick in your neck? Massage therapists are allowed to get back to work today, You can also get acupuncture and schedule a visit to your chiropractor.
Driving schools: You can rebook your driving lessons; driving schools have reopened and driving tests (as well as volunteer and other driving services) may recommence.
‘The crisis is not over’
Yesterday the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) was been notified that one more person diagnosed with Covid-19 in Ireland has died – bringing the total deaths to 1,735. Three additional cases of the disease have been confirmed.
Another 23 new cases were reported on Saturday. Commenting on the figures, Dr Holohan revealed that 43 per cent of these cases were in patients aged under 35, something he described as a ‘worrying trend’.
While great progress has been made to date, the experience of countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus makes it clear that there is still a risk of further spread.
“The fundamentals of regular handwashing, coughing and sneezing etiquette and social distancing have never been more important.” the Government warned in a statement.