Public Urged To Remain Vigilant As Level 5 Restrictions Ease From Today


Public health officials have appealed to people not to let their guard down as the phased easing of Covid-19 restrictions begins. The 5km travel limit is among the measures which are being lifted from today people will be able to travel anywhere within their county or up to 20km from their home if they are crossing county boundaries.

People from two households can meet up outdoors for social and recreational purposes but this does not include meeting up in private gardens. Building work on residential projects can also recommence, as well as construction on childcare and early learning facilities. An estimated 20,000 construction workers will be back on sites but the same number will remain on the PUP payments as some restrictions still remain, according to the Construction Industry Federation. For the first time this year there will be a full resumption of in-school teaching.

there are many reasons for hope

Some 300,000 first to transition year students will return to classrooms. Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said people should not take the full reopening of schools as a signal to return to the workplace. But after 303 new cases were reported yesterday – the lowest daily number since mid-December – Dr. Glynn said there are many reasons for hope as we enter a new week.

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