The first step in re-opening the country took place on Monday, 18th May. If all goes well the next phase will start on 8th June 2020. Some of the main changes we hope to see on 8th June are:
- People will be able to travel up to 20 kilometres away from their home as opposed to the 5 kilometre limit which was in place since 5 May
- Up to 4 people may visit another household for a short period of time but everyone must keep at least 2 metres apart from people they don’t live with.
- Shops will provide dedicated hours for those who are cocooning (people over the age of 70 and those who are medically vulnerable) with strict social distancing and gloves made available. Shoppers should ideally wear face coverings.
- Those who are cocooning can have a small number of visitors to their home. The visitors must wear gloves, face coverings and keep at least 2 metres away from the person who is cocooning.
- Workers, like those who work on their own, as well as other workers who can keep a 2 metre distance from others can return to work. Social distancing requirements continue to apply.
- Small retail outlets can reopen with a small number of staff on the basis that the retailer can control the number of individuals that staff and customers interact with at any one time.
- Marts can be opened where social distancing can be maintained.
- Public libraries may open so long as the numbers allowed in are limited, social distancing is observed and there is strict hand-sanitising in place for anyone who goes into the library.
- People can take part in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, involving team sports training in small groups (but not matches) where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.
Looking Forward to….
Residents Meeting Monday, 25th May @ 3pm
Summer BarBQ Friday, 5th June from 1pm
May so far….
8th May – The 2020 Leaving Cert exams were cancelled, with all students being offered the option of accepting calculated grades instead of sitting written examinations
15th May – The Labour Party formally ruled out joining talks to form a government with Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party
16th May – the number of new cases of Covid-19 reported by the Department of Health fell below 100 for the first time in two months.
For the coming newsletters we will include a picture of one of the activities team. This week its Michelle who has been working with St. Attracta’s for the past 6 years in a number of roles with her current being Healthcare Shift leader & Activity Coordinator.
The team coordinate daily activities to ensure you the residents have social stimulation and interactions. Whilst our group activities and external providers are on hold at present we will keep our minds and body’s as busy as possible and look forward to resuming group activities when it’s safe.