Important Updates from Ireland.

DUBLIN, Ireland, Tuesday Sept 15th: The Irish government has announced a five-level plan to help the country live with Covid-19 for the next six to nine months known as the ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’. The entire country has been placed at level 2 with Dublin “somewhere between level 2 and level 3” based on recommendations made by Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) . The purpose of this document is to provide details on each of the five levels of the plan. This document is one of a series of COVID-19 updates published by Corporate Care and we will continue to update you as this pandemic evolves.

Additional measures in place for Dublin
Due to the higher incidence of COVID-19 in Dublin, the following additional measures will apply in Dublin City & County:
• No more than two households should meet at any given time, and you should have a maximum of six visitors from one other household to your home. Socialising can continue at indoor or outdoor public venues, but only with people from your own household or one other household, and in groups of no more than six
• Pubs and bars not serving food should remain closed beyond 21 September
• Higher and third level institutions should consider enhanced protective measures
• Those living in Dublin should be encouraged to limit travel outside the region, and only meet one other household when outside the county

How will the different levels be activated?
The lower Levels will be activated when there is low incidence of the disease, with isolated outbreaks, low community transmission. The higher Levels will be used to deal with higher incidences of the disease.
It will be possible for different regions and counties to be at a different Level to the National Level, depending on the incidence of the virus in that particular region or county.
At all times the priority guiding the plan will be to keep our schools open, while keeping people safe and protecting the resilience of our economy and communities.

Level 1

At Level 1, the vast majority of areas of economy and society, for example: schools, restaurants, pubs and gyms, are open. At this level, life in Ireland will be as close as possible to ‘normal’.
Work: Work from home if possible. You can attend work for specific business requirements and on a staggered attendance basis.
Schools & Childcare: Open with protective measures in place. For more details on these measures, click here.
Social & family gatherings: In your home or garden you can have up to 10 visitors from up to 3 households. Members of different households can continue to meet socially in other settings with strict adherence to the
sectoral guidance for those settings. When there is no specific guidance for the meeting, there should be no more than 50 attendees.
Hotels & accommodation: Open with protective measures (for example: staff face coverings, signage, hand sanitiser, regular cleaning of hard surfaces, customer details recorded for contact tracing process).
Bars and restaurants: Open with protective measures in place (for example: physical distancing, table service only, cleaning regimes, noise controls). Maximum numbers in restaurants, cafes and bars linked to capacity of the establishment – taking account of public health advice.
Transport: You must wear a face covering if using public transport. Capacity will be limited on public transport based on the public health advice at the time. You should travel during off-peak hours if possible. If
possible, you should walk or cycle.

Level 2

At Level 2, the priority is to keep schools and childcare facilities open and minimise disruption in the work force. Sporting activities can continue, but with a higher level of restriction.
Work: Work from home if possible. If you can work from home, you are advised to only attend work for essential on-site meetings, inductions and training.
Schools & Childcare: As Level 1
Social & family gatherings: As Level 1 but limited to a maximum of 6 people indoors and 15 people outdoors from up to 3 other households. This will be determined by the prevailing public health advice for the county or other defined geographical area.
Hotels & accommodation: As Level 1
Bars and restaurants: As Level 1
Transport: As Level 1 but public transport capacity will be limited to 50%.

Level 3

At level 3, the priority is to keep schools and early learning and childcare services open and minimise disruption in the work force. This means that a number of services will be moved online, some businesses will be closed (for example, museums and other indoor cultural venues). Additional restrictions will apply to restaurants and pubs. In order to keep people safe, you will be asked to reduce the number of people you meet to a minimum and stay in your own region.
Work: Work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.
Schools & Childcare: Open with protective measures in place. For more details on these measures, click here.
Social & family gatherings: In your home or garden you can have visitors from 1 other household only OR your own household only. This will be determined by the prevailing public health advice for the county or other
defined geographical area. No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.
Hotels & accommodation: Open but services limited to residents.
Bars and restaurants: Additional restrictions for indoor dining.
Transport: You must wear a face covering if using public transport. Public transport capacity limited to 50%.

Level 4

The priority at Level 4 is to keep schools and childcare services open, while keeping people safe.
Only businesses and services which are essential will be open. No visitors to private homes or social gatherings will be allowed. All businesses and
services will be closed, other than those deemed to be essential.
Work: Only essential or other designated workers should go to work.
Schools & Childcare: Open with protective measures in place. For more details on these measures, click here.
Social & family gatherings: You cannot have visitors to your own home. No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.
Hotels & accommodation: Open but only for existing guests, and those with essential non-social and non-tourist purposes.
Bars and restaurants: Take away food or delivery. No indoor dining. Outdoor dining limited to a maximum of 15 patrons.
Transport: You must wear a face covering if using public transport. Walk or cycle where possible. Public transport capacity will be limited to 25%. Avoid public transport – essential workers and essential purposes
only.

Level 5

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except to exercise within 5 kilometres of your home. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings.
Work: Work from home unless it is for working in health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home.
Schools & Childcare: Open with protective measures in place. For more details on these measures, click here.
Social & family gatherings: You cannot have visitors to your own home. No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.

Other news from Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE)
Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) has reduced the number of days that people who test positive for COVID19 need to isolate for from 14 to 10. The HSE now says patients can stop self-isolation when both of these apply:
• Patient has had no fever for 5 days
• It has been 10 days since the patient first developed symptoms
This timeframe does not apply to those travelling into Ireland from abroad. The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a
security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as
much as possible.

Travel to Ireland
Ireland continues to adhere to a travel ‘green list’ which will be replaced by a European Union-wide “trafficlight” system in October. Green-coloured countries will cover territories where the number of cases is less than
25 per 100,000 people in a 14-day period and the percentage of positive tests is less than 3 per cent.
Countries will be coloured orange if they have less than 50 cases per 100,000. All countries on the green and amber lists will be open to Irish passengers.
For the moment, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Iceland, Cyprus and Liechtenstein will join Finland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia on Ireland’s green list from Monday September 21st. Italy, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia and Norway are set to be removed from the green list on
Monday. Travellers will have to restrict their movements on return from these countries.
The new green list will be reviewed weekly until the EUwide traffic system is ready.
The Government continues to advise against nonessential travel for all countries not on the green list. In discussing this with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Corporate Care Relocation have been advised that ‘nonessential’ travel principally refers to vacations only.
Business travel and moving to Ireland for the purposes of work are not deemed to be ‘non-essential’ but restriction of movement within 14 days of arrival is recommended by health officials.

Further Information:

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/resilience-recovery-2020-2021-plan-for-living-with-covid-19/