The leaks already beginneth, drip drip drip…
First phase (Coming weeks)
Over 70S – Older people cocooning will be allowed outdoors to walk on a ‘no touch basis’. This will be in the initial phase of easing which is expected to be in the coming weeks.
Outdoor workers: – Those who work outdoors, in sectors such as construction, right, and gardening, will be among the first back to work as their workplaces naturally allow for social distancing. The Construction Industry Federation has already produced new regulations and guidelines for building sites with workers having to undertake online induction before returning to the site.
Social Gatherings – In the first phase of easing, people will be allowed to gather in groups of four outside while still obeying the strict social distancing rules.
Students – Leaving Certificate students will have some class time reinstated in a socially distanced capacity.
DIY – Hardware stores and garden centres, along with other essential retail outlets, such as local bank branches and repair shops, will also be part of the first phase.
Exercise – The 2km from home radius is expected to be expanded to between 5km and 10km.
Early phase stage one (Start of June)
Retail – Expansion of retail shops allowed to open with limited amount of customers at a time.
Exercise – Expanded up to 20km potentially
Marts – Seen as essential to a majority of the farming community to buy and sell livestock, they will be among the earlier re-openings.
Early stage phase two (Potentially July)
Cafés and restaurants – They will have to cater for social distancing, meaning only table service will be permitted. Could be re-opened by the middle of the summer.
Playgrounds -So long as social distancing is adhered to.
Middle phases: (Potentially August)
Tourism – Hotels, hostels and caravan parks will reopen on a limited occupancy basis and travel will be restricted to people in the same household.
Hairdressers – Will open on the basis that staff have PPE available.
Later phases (Potentially September)
Schools and colleges – These are scheduled to reopen as scheduled for the new academic year. However, one problem already recognised is applying social distancing to lecture halls. A heavier reliance on online learning will be required for some time.
Creches – Representative bodies for childcare providers have already urged the Government to provide them with guidance about how they will re-open in a way that is acceptable in relation to social distancing. It is this difficulty that has resulted in creches being placed in the later phases of the plan.
This is the thread.