This is the first week of the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions. This week sees those previously cocooning having a little more freedom. They can now stop cocooning fully and exercise outside the home. Outdoor workers can now return to work also. The phasing of the re-opening of the country is dependant on how well the previous phase has gone and whether the virus spikes or not.
May 18th is now being heralded as the beginning of the end of restrictions and lockdown by many. However, the Government and medical professionals are attempting to curb the enthusiasm. This is in an effort to try to ensure that while they are giving us an inch, we don’t take a mile. The easing of restrictions according to experts means that we can a respite from being incredibly careful but does not mean we are out of the woods yet.
Masks, gloves, social distancing, and travel restrictions are not going anywhere quickly. Remote working and closures are still the order of the day.
In this vein, Munster general practitioner Dr. Roisin McNamara reiterated this point in an interview recently. Encouraging people to be mindful of the danger that COVID-19 still poses.
For the full guidelines from the Government click here.