April 2021 COVID Update - Key changes for business

In looking at the recent changes introduced recently, it is important to note that there is no change in terms of HSE guidance on COVID-19 controls within the workplace and the priority is still to work from home where possible. In other words, the recent changes do not provide the opportunity to get people back into the workplace other than the businesses where the restrictions have been lifted, and these businesses must adhere to the associated COVID-19 controls.

Your quick guide to the recently announced changes is as follows;

From 4th May

  • Construction: All construction can restart
  • Outdoor workers: Workers who work outdoors (for example, window cleaning, maintenance work) can return to work

From 10th May

  • Travel: You can travel between counties in Ireland
  • Visitors to your garden: Maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households
  • Outdoor gatherings: Maximum 15 people
  • Outdoor training: Maximum 15 people
  • Retail: Click and collect services can restart by appointment and outdoor retail can recommence
  • Personal services (hairdressers, barbers, beauticians): Can reopen for customers with appointments only
  • Galleries, museums, libraries, and other cultural attractions: Can reopen
  • Funerals: Maximum 50 mourners at service. No other events to take place
  • Weddings: Maximum 50 guests at service. Maximum 6 guests at indoor reception or 15 outdoors
  • Public transport: Public transport will run at 50 percent capacity
  • Property viewings: By appointment only with licensed Property Service Providers
  • Vaccine bonus: If you are vaccinated - you can visit other households indoors

From 17th May

  • Retail: All remaining retail can reopen

From 2nd June (subject to the public health situation at the time)

  • Accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, and hostels): Can reopen but services must be restricted to overnight guests and residents

From 7th June (subject to the public health situation at the time)

  • Visitors: You can have visitors from one other household inside your home
  • Restaurants and bars: Outdoor services can resume with groups limited to 6 people
  • Weddings: Maximum guests at reception increases to 25
  • Outdoor sports matches: Can be played but with no spectators
  • Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres: Can reopen for individual training only.

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