Here Are The Restrictions Due To Be Eased During Phase Two On June 8

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will meet on Thursday, June 8 to advise whether the easing of restrictions will indeed go ahead on June 8 for Phase Two of the COVID-19 Government Roadmap.

As per the government roadmap, Phase Two of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions is expected to begin on 8 June.

The phased system, originally issued by outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar back in March, is reliant on Ireland's adherence to social distancing – meaning that the next phase will not be accessed unless infections remain low. 

Whether Ireland will progress onto Phase Two is to be decided today, although health officials are optimistic. 

At a briefing at the Department of Health on Wednesday night, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said there is nothing in the data so far to suggest that NPHET will not recommend moving to Phase Two. 

Also, last week it was announced that there has been no significant increase in the spread of the virus since restrictions eased on 18 May. 

So, what is set to happen in Phase Two?

Phase Two measures previously announced by the Government include being able to travel up to 20km away from home as opposed to the 5km limit, which has been in place since 5 May.

However, the government has remained firm that no unnecessary journeys should take place. 

Phase Two would also permit up to four people visit another household for a short period of time – although everyone must keep at least two metres apart from people they do not live with.

Those who are cocooning (people over 70 and those who are medically vulnerable) can have a small number of visitors to their home in Phase Two. 

However, visitors would have to wear gloves, face coverings and keep at least two-metre away from the person who is cocooning.

Small retail outlets can reopen with a skeleton staff in Phase Two, so long as the retailer can control the number of individuals that staff and customers interact with at any one time.

People who can work safely while maintaining a two-metre distance from others would be permitted to return to work. However, remote working would continue for all workers or businesses that could do so.

Also under Phase Two, people would be able to take part in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, involving team sports training in small groups (but not matches) where social distancing could be maintained and where there is no contact.

As for funerals, a slightly larger number of people would be allowed attendance but numbers will still be restricted to immediate family and close friends – the exact number is due to be determined by 8 June.

The next stage due to happen is Phase Three on June 29.

This will allow for small social gatherings to happen, playgrounds to open, the opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers, a return to work for those with low levels of interaction and non-essential retail outlets with street-level entrance and exits to open. 

More details on the phased system can be found here. 

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