Plan for Living with COVID-19 – Level 3

Following the announcement by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Level 3 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will be implemented at midnight on October 6th. We at Into Kildare are monitoring the situation closely and will provide you with accurate, up-to-date information to help you stay safe.

The health and safety of visitors and residents is of vital importance to us at Into Kildare. Following the announcement by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Level 3 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will be implemented at midnight on October 6th. Into Kildare are monitoring the situation closely and will provide you with accurate, up-to-date information to help you stay safe.

We are working together with our members and businesses in Kildare to implement the new measures announced yesterday evening. We urge people in Kildare to adhere to the new guidelines to ensure the safety of residents living in Kildare.

These measures are being put in place to protect the vulnerable across Ireland as well as to stop the spread of the virus. They are in place for a period of 3 weeks until midnight on 27th October 2020, at which point the situation will be reviewed.

Residents in the Republic of Ireland will not be permitted to travel outside of their counties except for in limited circumstances including to necessary travel to and from work, under plans agreed by the Government.

At this time we encourage people living in Kildare to ‘Be a Tourist in Your Own County’ and get out and about and visit some of the great gardens, parks & historic sites on your doorstep. Remember to always check with the visitor attraction in advance to confirm visiting times and become aware of their social distancing measures in place.

There is strength in numbers, so let’s all work together and do our part over the next few weeks to combat the spread of the virus. We Care in Kildare and we will keep you updated with all the latest information. Please see below the implications of the implementation of Level 3.

Stay Safe and Stay Well!


Level 3

 

At Level 3, the priority is to keep schools and early learning and childcare services open and minimise disruption in the work force. This means that a number of services will be moved online and some businesses will be closed (for example: museums and other indoor cultural venues). Additional restrictions will apply to restaurants and pubs.

In order to keep people safe, you will be asked to reduce the number of people you meet to a minimum and stay in your own county.

 

Placing all counties at Level 3 has the following implications:

  • visitors to private homes and gardens should be limited to a maximum number of 6 from one other household.
  • no social/family gatherings should take place, with exemptions to this for weddings and funerals (see below).
  • no organised indoor gatherings should take place. Organised outdoor gatherings are permitted, up to a maximum of 15 people.
  • people should remain in their county (they must not leave to travel either domestically or internationally), with the exception of those who must travel for work, education and other essential purposes.
  • people are asked to work from home unless absolutely necessary.
  • schools, early learning and childcare services should remain open. Adult and higher education institutions should remain open, but are asked to review protective measures and take steps to limit congregation as much as possible.
  • you are asked to walk or cycle where possible so that public transport is available for use by essential workers and for essential work only

 


Social and family gatherings

 

In your home or garden

A maximum of 6 people from 1 other household can visit your home.

Other settings outside your home or garden

No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.

 


Weddings

 

Weddings may proceed, but with a limit of 25 guests for ceremony and reception (irrespective of venue). It will not be possible to attend a wedding in another county.

Couples resident in a particular county, but with existing plans to get married, can travel to get married outside that county.


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).

No organised indoor gatherings should take place.

 


Organised outdoor gatherings

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

Gatherings of up to 15 people can take place.

 


Sports

Training

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

Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes.

Matches and events

No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter-county, and senior club championship, which should all take place behind closed doors.

Horse-racing may continue behind closed doors.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools may remain open for individual use only, and with protective measures in place.

 


Religious services

Services move online. Places of worship remain open for private prayer.

 


Funerals

Up to 25 mourners can attend.

 


Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions

All venues closed.

Libraries will be available for e-services and call and collect.

 


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

 

Restaurants and cafes (including bars or pubs serving food or wet pubs) may remain open for take-away and delivery and outdoor dining or service to an absolute maximum of 15 people.

Wet pubs in Dublin are to remain closed.

Nightclubs, discos and casinos

Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

 


Hotels and accommodation

Hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s may remain open, but with services limited to residents.

 


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

All retail shops and shopping centres may remain open. All services such as hairdressers, beauticians, barbers and opticians may remain open with strict adherence to sectoral guidance on protective measures.

There is specific guidance available for:

 


Work

Work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.

 


Domestic travel

Stay in your county apart from work, education and other essential purposes, if appropriate.

 


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

Schools and creches are open with protective measures.

Further, higher and adult education to escalate all appropriate protective measures and limit congregation as far as possible.

 


Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks

All remain open with protective measures in place.

 


Transport

Walk or cycle where possible.

Public transport capacity will be limited to 50%.

Essential workers and essential purposes only.

 


Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable

Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable are advised to continue to exercise personal judgement.

It is recommended that they stay at home as much as possible, limit engagement to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced.

When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home.

It is recommended to shop during designated hours only, while wearing a face covering, and to avoid public transport.

 


Long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)

Visits suspended, aside from critical and compassionate circumstances.

 


Framework’s 5 alert levels

The Framework for Restrictive Measures will help us to go about our daily lives as much as possible, while managing the behaviour of the virus. The Framework consists of 5 Levels:

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