PHASE ONE MEASURES FOR RE-OPENING SOCIETY AND BUSINESS

22 May 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The following measures are in place since Monday. They are Phase One of the roadmap for re-opening society and business. As part of the government’s plan to gradually re-open our economy and society, the following changes came into effect, where social distancing can be maintained: Construction workers, gardeners and other outdoor workers can return to work.

STAY AT HOME
You should still stay at home as much as you possibly can. Meeting small groups outside Up to four people who don’t live together can meet outdoors while keeping at least 2 metres apart.

FUNERALS
Attendance at funerals is kept to a maximum of ten people – and only members of the household, close family or close friends if the deceased has no household or family members.

LIST OF RETAILERS OPEN FROM 18th MAY
Hardware stores; builders merchants and those providing essential supplies and tools for gardening; farming and agriculture; garden centres and farmers markets. Opticians/Optometrists/Outle ts providing hearing test services, selling hearing aids and appliances. Retailers involved in the sale, supply and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles and related facilities (for example, tyre sales and repairs). Office products and services; electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home. This does not include homeware stores. Only stores providing homeware incidental to primary retail functions set out in the original Essential Services list are to re-open in Phase 1. It is not intended that stores which might also classify themselves as homeware, but primarily sell items such as furniture, bedding, curtains, kitchenware, crockery or other such items and so on, should open.

OTHER FACILITIES THAT CAN OPEN:
Outdoor public amenities and tourism sites, such as car parks, beaches and mountain walks may re-open; outdoor public sports amenities, like playing pitches, tennis courts and golf courses may re-open. Outdoor sports and fitness activities in groups of no more than four are permitted within 5km of your home and providing there is no physical contact. School and college buildings may re-open for teachers and lecturers to facilitate remote learning. During Phase 1, it is intended that customers should restrict visits to such stores for essential supplies. All retailers are encouraged to continue to provide on-line services where that is possible and appropriate to minimise footfall. All of these outlets must implement physical distancing measures and measures set out in the Return to Work Safely Protocol. The Return to Work Safely Protocol is the operative guide for employees and employers as sectors of our economy reopen. In reaching its decision, the government also considered the social and economic implications of the COVID-19 restrictions, and was briefed by the Minister for Health on the latest data regarding the progression of COVID-19 in the community and the capacity of our health service. Outdoor shops Shops that are mainly outdoor (for example: garden centres, hardware stores, farmers’ markets) can reopen so long as social distancing measures can be put in place.

OPENING OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
School and college buildings are open for access by teachers for organisation and distribution of remote learning.

PEOPLE WHO WORK OUTDOORS
A phased return of outdoor workers (for example: construction workers, gardeners, including people working on allotments) has commenced. Social distancing requirements continue to …

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