Factbox: Ireland’s plan to gradually ease coronavirus lockdown


(Reuters) – Ireland on Friday announced a roadmap for the gradual re-opening of the economy over the coming months, easing restrictions designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The following are the measures planned in each three-week phase of the plan, which will be reconsidered if there is a spike in infections, hospitalisations or deaths.

Phase 0: From May 6

– It will be possible to go up to 5 kilometres for the purposes of exercise, up from 2 kilometres

– Over-70s may go outside for exercise and fresh air

Phase 1: From May 18

– Allow outdoor meetings between up to four people from different households

– Phased return of outdoor workers, including construction workers and gardeners, retailers which are primarily outdoor

– Opening of certain outdoor public amenities, including beaches and outdoor sports such as golf and tennis

– Make necessary journeys up to 20 kilometres from home

Phase 2: From June 8

– Allow visits to households

– Develop plans and supports to open up business with consideration for safety of staff and customers

– Open small retail outlets and marts where social distancing can be observed

– Open public libraries

Phase 3: From June 29

– Allow small social gatherings

– Return to work for those with low levels of interaction

– Open non-essential retail outlets with street level entrance and exit

– Open cafes and restaurants where social distancing possible and strict cleaning in operation

Phase 4: From July 20

– Extend opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of all non-essential workers on a gradually increasing basis

– Return to work for those who cannot work from home

– Gradual easing of restrictions for higher risk services (e.g. Hairdressers)

– Opening of museums, galleries, places of worship, swimming pools, hostels and hotels, minus hotel bars

– Permit some sports team leagues with limitations on numbers of spectators

Phase 5: From Aug 10

– Allow larger social gatherings; festivals and events where social distancing can be complied with

– Return to work across all sectors

– On a phased basis, opening of primary and secondary schools and 3rd level institutions

– Further easing of restrictions on high risk retail services, opening of enclosed shopping centres

– Permit close physical contact sports, gyms

– Open pubs, bars, nightclubs where social distancing and strict cleaning can be complied with

– Resume tourist travel to offshore islands

Compiled by Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries; editing by Grant McCool