Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Previous articleLimerick Black Lives Matter protest moves onlineNext articleUL researchers develop technology for selection of best quality sperm for use in human reproduction techniques Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Linkedin Twitter Advertisement NewsHealthPoliticsIreland moves to Phase 2 of ‘accelerated’ Roadmap for Reopening Society and BusinessBy Cian Reinhardt – June 6, 2020 272 Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Email Facebook Print ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions WhatsApp TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and CountyNational Coronavirus | freepik.comTHIS Monday, the nation is set to enter ‘Phase 2 plus’ of the easing of lockdown restrictions following an announcement by An Taoiseach that the lifting of restrictions are to be accelerated.Speaking on Friday, June 5, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed the country would move to Phase 2 of the plan to reopen the country following restrictions in place due to the spread of COVID-19.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Some of the changes to restrictions include an increased distance of travel, with people now permitted to travel 20km from their home, or anywhere in their county, whichever is the greater distance. People can also meet in groups of up to six both indoors or outdoors, one social distancing can still be observed.Phase two will also see retail stores reopen but with opening times staggered “to relieve pressure on public transport”.Mr Varadkar said, “This has been made possible by the considerable sacrifices you have made to restrict the spread of the virus and protect each other.“Thanks to your perseverance in pushing back COVID-19 I am announcing an acceleration of the Roadmap. Over the last few months, fear has exerted a kind of gravity pulling us down, but now we find there is hope lifting us up again.”An Taoiseach acknowledged “we have suffered as a country” during the COVID-19 emergency, “lost loved ones, and changed the way we work and live”.“We are making progress,” he said, continuing, “We are heading in the right direction. And we have earned the right to be hopeful about the future.”In what was originally five phases which were originally announced, the accelerated roadmap will now see just a four-phase approach, with Phase 4 now aimed for July 20.“Further work will be carried out in the coming days and weeks to determine which actions will take place in each phase,” said An Taoiseach, “Some measures such as bans on mass gatherings may need to remain in place well into August as will public health advice around hygiene and physical distancing.”Under Phase 2, from Monday June 8, the following changes will come into effect:You can travel within your own county, or up to 20 km from your home, whichever is greater. These travel limits will be lifted from the end of June.Groups of up to 6 people will be able to interact with each other indoors or outdoors, once they keep at least 2m apart. Groups of up to 15 will be able to meet for outdoor sporting activities.For those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable, it will be possible to welcome a small number of visitors into your home, with physical distancing observed.Shops will also provide dedicated hours for those who are over 70 or in an at risk group.All retail stores can reopen, but opening times will be staggered to relieve pressure on public transport. You are encouraged to shop locally, shop safely and support businesses in your community.Up to 25 people will be allowed to attend funerals of loved ones.Public libraries will commence re-opening.Playgrounds can reopen from Monday, and outdoor camps for children can also be run, once there are no more than 15 people involved.Certain types of elite sports training will also be possible.More people will be able to return to work, including all those who work on their own or whose work can be done safely while staying 2m apart from others. Working from home should remain the norm for those who can do so.Marts can re-open and greyhound racing can resume without spectators. Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region
Vieira singles out Miller as main contenderWITH the third leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships right around the corner, Stephen Vieira has singled out Barbadian Brook Miller as the ‘man to beat’ come race day.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport, Vieira contended “I actually see him (Brook) as the number one competitor for Barbados and going to one of the best tracks in the Caribbean or possibly the best track in the Caribbean, I am going to try my best to push and do better.”Vieira picked up three second-place finishes at the second leg in Trinidad and currently leads the CMRC Superstock bike class with 122 points while his cousin Matthew, who will also compete in Barbados, is in second.However, he explained that mechanical troubles from his Kawasaki ZX6-R had relegated him to only second-place finishes on race day.“It was actually very funny because I didn’t have the straight line power that I needed and everyone else had and I had to work much harder in the corners; but it was actually experience that gave me that balancing effect, the experience that I have over them, ” he said.He continued, “ Experience is a lot, if the game plan at any time has to change, experience is a major man to fall back on.”Moving into the third leg, he also confirmed that, “My mindset is actually very, very good because we had a little problem in Trinidad and we thought it was in the fuel system and its management but it was not that, it was the engine – one cylinder was dead. I just put in a new engine and my feeling and motivation now actually strong.”“The engine that I have in that bike is all the confidence that I need. We actually tested the engine and we (my team and I) know to ourselves that it is a good engine.”His bike is sponsored by Sunburst Orange Juice, Palm Court, Top End Fitness, Pure Racing and The Track.