Coronavirus: Businesses prepare to reopen as Ireland moves to Phase 3

Travel throughout the State will be permitted with face coverings mandatory on public transport

Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from Monday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

 

One more person diagnosed with Covid-19 has died, the Department of Health reported on Sunday evening. This brings to 1,735 the number of deaths related to the disease in the Republic.

There were also another three confirmed cases notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on Sunday, the Department said.

The total number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 25,439, it said.

Northern Ireland’s department of health also reported one more Covid-19 death on Sunday, taking the total number of fatalities in the North to 550.

Businesses across the Republic have been making final preparations for a further easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Monday.

Hotels, restaurants, pubs serving food and childcare providers are among a range of businesses set to open for the first time since mid-March.

Childcare providers estimate that about 85 per cent of the 1,800 full-time services which normally operate during the summer months are set to open on Monday morning.

The outgoing government last week confirmed Ireland would move to Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Business and Society from Monday, June 29th. From that date:

  • Travel throughout the State, including the islands, will be permitted;
  • Pubs operating as restaurants can open on Monday, while others must remain closed until July 20th;
  • Indoor mass gatherings are limited to 50 people, but there is an exception for places of worship which will also open on Monday. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 200 people;
  • Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport, with plans to sanction those breaching the rules;
  • A 14-day quarantine remains in place, but foreign travel restrictions will be eased from July 9th. A green list will be compiled before then, detailing the countries people can travel between without having to undergo quarantine;
  • Hairdressers, barbers, salons, spas, make-up application services, tanning, tattooing and piercing services can all reopen on Monday;
  • Cultural outlets, including museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas can open, as can the hospitality sector, including cafes, restaurants, and hotel bars serving food;
  • Hotels, caravan parks, holiday parks, hostels and swimming pools can open again;
  • Adult education centres, creches, childminders, preschools, summer and youth camps can reopen; and
  • Team leagues for adults and children, as well as close-contact sports and organised sporting spectator events – with crowd limits in place can begin on Monday.

The next phase is scheduled to begin on July 20th, when pubs, bars, hotel bars and casinos can reopen, with the number of people permitted at an outdoor event rising to 500, and 100 indoors.