- The stringent restrictions on movement introduced by the government on March 27th, and subsequently extended by to May 5th, are to continue by enlarge until May 18th. Some very minor improvements to restrictions have been allowed:
- People over 70 may now leave their home for a short daily walk but must practice social distancing.
- Everyone may now move within a 5km radius of their home instead of 2km, however this is still only applicable for exercise, people are still requested to work from home.
- Schools will not re-open for the current academic year
- Corporate Care will absolutely continue to assist clients & customers via phone and email. However, where they are already in the country, we will be strongly encouraging them to respect the government’s mandate.
Government road map for easing restrictions and reopening Ireland’s economy & society.
- On Friday evening, May 1st, the government issued a road map to easing restrictions and reopening Ireland’s economy & society. While this is a well laid series of progressive steps, the government has clearly stated that should the COVID situation take a retrograde step, the road map can also be reversed.
- The main elements of this road map are as follows:
- Phase 1 – May 18th
- allow outdoor meetings between people from different households (limited to 4 people, socially distanced)
- open up childcare for healthcare workers (only)
- phased return of outdoor workers (mainly construction)
- open retailers which are primarily outdoor or those which were open during first level of restriction (e.g. opticians, garden centres, DIY & hardware)
- opening of certain outdoor public amenities
- Phase 2 – June 8th
- allow visits to households (socially distanced)
- develop plans and supports to open up business with consideration for safety of staff and customers (note, this is NOT a return to office work, just a preparation of plans for same)
- open small retail outlets and marts where social distancing can be observed
- open public libraries
- Phase 3 – June 29th
- allow small social gatherings
- opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers in phased manner
- return to work for those with low levels of interaction (e.g. some office settings, well-spaced manufacturing facilities etc)
- open non-essential retail outlets with street level entrance and exit
- open playgrounds
- Phase 4 – July 20th
- opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of all other workers on a gradually increasing basis
- return to work for those who cannot work from home (note, strong preference to retain working from home as much as possible)
- gradual easing of restrictions for higher risk services (e.g. hairdressers)
- opening of museums, galleries, places of worship
- Phase 5 – August 10th
- allow larger social gatherings
- return to work across all sectors
- on a phased basis, commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2020/2021, opening of primary and secondary schools and 3rd level institutions
- further easing of restrictions on high risk retail services
- Phase 1 – May 18th
Realistically, what does this road map mean for Corporate Care’s services?
- Right through the crisis we have managed to maintain baseline services which always cover the essentials but which cannot cover everything. The vast majority, though unfortunately not all, assignees fully understand and accept this and we will fill any ‘gaps’ as soon as we are able to.
- We will safely push the boundaries of the new government road-map without breaking rules. We don’t see that a lot will change for the majority of May but for the most part social distancing can be adhered to in the work we do so we would foresee that from early June we will be in a legitimate position to significantly ramp up services again. There may be some restrictions but nothing that we cannot work around:
- Social distancing
- Travelling independently of assignees to house viewing, appointments etc.
- Greater use of virtual tours and information to reduce reliance on physical presence (e.g. tour 8 houses virtually, only physically visit the top 2 or 3)
- We will never put anyone at risk through careless or reckless behaviour.
- We will shortly publish a thorough overview of how full services can resume, but adjusted to the ’new’ reality.
- Technologically we are in a strong position. CCR is a virtually paperless cloud-based company, this really enables working from home. We already have the technology required to enable ‘virtual’ aids to our services.
- We have a responsibility to enable our clients and customers to activate the services they require to sustain their businesses, we are confident that we are approaching a point where we can do this in a much more thorough way than we have been able to do during recent months, while respecting mandated restrictions.
- No further updates.
If you have any questions or require additional information please contact:
- Frank Morley firstname.lastname@example.org +353 87 654 0179
- Niamh Bablena email@example.com +353 86 859 7855
- Brian Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org +353 87 681 1441
The Corporate Care team