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Welcome to Mountmellick Development Association

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The latest news as of 5.30pm on Thursday 24 September, from Gov.ie

3 deaths and 324 cases confirmed:

  • the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been informed of 3 additional deaths among people with COVID-19 in Ireland
  • there have now been 1,797 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland
  • 324 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • there have now been 33,994 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland
  • validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 33,994 confirmed cases reflects this

 

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus), from Gov.ie

 

Ireland is moving from a short-term emergency response approach to a medium-term approach to managing risk and repairing the damage that COVID-19 has inflicted on society.

Dublin is at Level 3.

The rest of Ireland is currently at Level 2.

 

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The latest announcement on Tuesday 15 September, from Gov.ie

 

Ireland is currently at Level 2 of the Plan for living with COVID-19.

However, there are additional measures in place in Dublin.

At Level 2, the majority of areas of economy and society, for example: schools, restaurants, pubs and gyms, are open. 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.

In order to keep people safe, you will be asked to limit the number of people you meet at this level.

 

Social and family gatherings

In your home or garden

A maximum of 6 visitors from up to 3 households including your own.

This will be determined by the prevailing public health advice for the county or other defined geographical area.

Other settings outside your home or garden

Members of different households can continue to meet socially in other settings.

A maximum of 6 people can meet indoors and 15 people outdoors from up to 3 households including your own.

This will be determined by the prevailing public health advice for the county or other defined geographical area.

 

Weddings

Up to 50 people can attend a wedding ceremony and reception.

 

Organised indoor gatherings

These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager.

For example: business, training events, conferences, events in theatres and cinemas or other arts events (excluding sport).

Up to 50 patrons are permitted and in pods or groups of up to 6 if appropriate, with arrangements to ensure no intermingling of groups.

Up to 100 patrons are permitted for larger venues where strict 2 metre seated social distancing and one-way controls for entry and exit can be implemented.

For very large purpose built event facilities (for example: stadia, auditoriums, conference or event centres) specific guidance will be developed with the relevant sectors to take account of size and different conditions for larger events.

 

Organised outdoor gatherings

These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: outdoor Arts events, training events.

Up to 100 patrons are permitted for the majority of venues.

Up to 200 patrons for outdoor stadia or other fixed outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000 (with robust protective measures as per sectoral guidance).

For very large purpose built event facilities (for example: stadia, auditoriums, conference or event centres) specific guidance will be developed with the relevant sectors to take account of size and different conditions for larger events.

 

Sports

Training

Outdoors: training can take place in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).

Indoors: training, exercise and dance classes can take place in pods of up to 6 inside (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).

Matches and events

  • up to 100 patrons/spectators outdoors and 50 patrons/spectators indoors
  • up to 200 for outdoor stadia or other fixed outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000

For large purpose built event facilities (such as stadia, auditoriums, conferencing/event centres), specific guidance will be developed with the relevant sectors to take account of size and different conditions for events such as large national and international sporting events.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

These can open with protective measures, taking account of public health advice, including social distancing.

 

Religious services

Open with protective measures (for example, appropriate social distancing, one-way traffic within the venue, removal of communal prayer items) for up to 50 worshipers.

  • Religious settings guidance
  • Funeral Directors Guidance
  • Bereavement guidance

Where the premises allows for a capacity of greater than 50 this may be permitted in separated sub-groupings of no more than 50, with additional protective measures as per guidelines.

 

Funerals

Up to 50 mourners can attend.

 

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions

Open with protective measures (for example, a maximum capacity to allow 2 metre distancing, one-way traffic within the venue).

Maximum numbers are linked to capacity, taking account of public health advice.

 

Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars)

Open with protective measures in place (for example: physical distancing, table service only, cleaning regimes, noise controls).

Maximum numbers in restaurants and cafes linked to capacity of establishment, taking account of public health advice, but with individual groups limited to 6 people from up to 3 households.

 

Wet pubs

Open with robust protective measures in place (for example: physical distancing, table service only, cleaning regimes, noise controls and so on).

Maximum numbers linked to capacity of establishment, taking account of public health advice including appropriate social distancing, but with individual groups limited to 6 people from no more than 3 households or the prevailing advice on the mixing of households.

 

Nightclubs, discos and casinos

Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

 

Hotels and 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).

Retail and services (for example: hairdressers, beauticians, barbers)

Face coverings must be worn.

Open with protective measures in place.

There is specific guidance available for:

  • the retail sector
  • shopping centres
  • spas
  • shopping safely during the pandemic.
 

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.

 

Domestic travel

No restrictions.

 

Schools, early learning and childcare services, adult and higher education

Open with protective measures in place.

 

Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks

All remain open with protective measures in place.

 

Transport

You must wear a face covering if using public transport.

Walk or cycle where possible.

Public transport capacity will be limited to 50%.

Peak hours for essential workers and essential purposes only.

 

Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable

Those aged 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home.

Specific guidance will be provided. 

 

 

 

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When to wear face coverings and how to make them, from Gov.ie

From Department of Health 

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Last updated 

 

Wearing of cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from spreading it to others.

If you wear one, you should still do the important things necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

These include:

  • washing your hands properly and often
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
  • not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • physical distancing (keeping at least 2 metres away from other people)
 
Read the Department of Health's advice on how to protect yourself and others on the link below.

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/472f64-covid-19-coronavirus-guidance-and-advice/#protect-yourself

 

Cloth face coverings

A cloth face covering is a material you wear that covers the nose and mouth.

Wearing a cloth face covering in public may reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It may help to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets from people infected with COVID-19.

Cloth face coverings may help to stop people who are not aware they have the virus from spreading it.

If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms of the virus, you must self-isolate. Do this even if you wear a face covering.

 

When to wear one

Face coverings must be worn in the following locations:

  • shops, including pharmacies
  • supermarkets
  • shopping centres
  • libraries
  • cinemas and cinema complexes
  • theatres
  • concert halls
  • bingo halls
  • museums
  • nail salons
  • hair salons and barbers
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • travel agents and tour operators
  • laundries and dry cleaners
  • betting shops and bookmakers

Wearing of face coverings is also recommended in the following circumstances:

  • by people visiting the homes of those who are over 70 years of age or who are medically vulnerable
  • by people who are being visited in their homes by those who are over 70 years of age or who are medically vulnerable

The vast majority of people are already wearing face coverings in shops. Shop owners and managers of premises should engage with people entering or in their premises to inform them that they need to wear face coverings and should promote compliance.

To date the Gardaí have adopted an approach of engaging with the public to educate and encourage people to abide by the measures in place and to only use enforcement as a last resort.

The penalty on conviction for not wearing a face covering is up to €2,500 and/or 6 months in prison, but the expectation is that the vast majority of customers will comply and that penalties would only arise in very rare cases.

 

What they are made from

Cloth face coverings are made from materials such as cotton, silk, or linen.

You can buy them or make them at home using items such as scarfs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

 

Who should not wear one

Cloth face coverings are not suitable for children under the age of 13 and anyone who:

  • has trouble breathing
  • is unconscious or incapacitated
  • is unable to remove it without help
  • has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the face covering

Do not criticise or judge people who are not able to wear a face covering.

 

 

 

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Download the COVID Tracker App, from Gov.ie

From Department of Health 

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COVID Tracker is a free app for your mobile phone. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland.

Using the COVID Tracker app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

The app can:

  • alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
  • alert other app users that you were in close contact with, if you test positive for COVID-19

Follow the link below to get the app.

https://covidtracker.gov.ie/

 

 

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View the Roadmap for reopening, from Gov.ie

Ireland is now in Phase 3 of the Roadmap for reopening society and business.
 
 

 

 

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