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
Umphrey’s McGee kicked off their West Coast tour last night, with a barn-burner at The Hive in Sandpoint, ID. The band busted out classics like “Sociable Jimmy”, “Der Bluten Kat”, Miss Tinkles Overture”, and “The Fussy Dutchman”, as well as rarities like “Alex’s House” and their cover of “Girlfriend Is Better” by The Talking Heads.One of the best moments of the show, however, was the first-set opener of “Similar Skin”, the title track from their excellent album released in 2014. “Similar Skin” has a pulsating drum intro that requires drummer Kris Myers to use four drumsticks, and the band tends to deliver locked-in versions of this song each time it gets trotted out, with tight solos from guitar wizard Jake Cinninger and passionate vocals from Brendan Bayliss showcasing the best that Umphrey’s has to offer.Thankfully, TourGigs is on the road with Umphrey’s McGee right now to stream each night of their West Coast run, and the band has provided the opening track from the webcast on their Facebook page. Watch Umphrey’s McGee demolish the show-opening “Similar Skin” below!