Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions

first_imgCovid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Print Advertisement Facebook From 26 April (subject to prevailing public health situation):Outdoor sports facilities can reopen (e.g. pitches, golf courses and tennis courts, other facilities as appropriate). See notes to editors for further details.Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen (i.e. zoos, open pet farms, heritage sites). Amusement parks are not permitted to open. See notes to editors for further details.Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 can recommence for all exercise activities that can be delivered outdoors including dance.Maximum attendance at funerals will increase to 25 on compassionate grounds. Linked gatherings should not take place before or after funeral services.Vaccine Bonus for those fully vaccinatedCurrent guidance for those most vulnerable to the severe impacts of COVID-19 – the over 70s and the medically vulnerable – will be aligned with that for the general population (e.g. regarding use of public transport, going to shops etc)Those who have the full protection of the vaccine may visit indoors with one other household who also has full protection. See notes to editors for further details.The restrictions that are currently in place continue to have a considerable impact on the social and economic wellbeing of the community. However the vaccination programme gives us a pathway to a return to economic and social activity.In the meantime Government’s community support, well-being programmes, employment and business supports continue, with the EWSS, PUP and Covid-19 enhanced illness benefit applicable to June 30th.The measures announced today will continue up to the 4th of May, at which point the following areas will be under consideration:Full re-opening of construction activity.Phased return of non-essential retail commencing with click and collect and outdoor retail i.e. garden centres/nurseries.Recommencement of Personal Services on a staggered basis.Re-opening of Museums, Galleries & LibrariesRecommencement of religious services on a staggered basis Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions NewsBreaking newsGovernment announces phased easing of public health restrictionsBy Staff Reporter – March 30, 2021 233 WhatsApp Email Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash In line with the plan set out in COVID-19 Resilience & Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead, the Government has today announced the phased easing of some restrictions for the month of April, to commence on 12th April.After taking full account of the current status of Covid-19 in the community, and the public health advice, the Government has decided to implement a limited phased easing of restrictions for the month of April. This cautious approach will continue until a substantial level of vaccination has been achieved, at which point we will move to reopen our society more widely.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While the vaccine programme continues to be scaled up, people are encouraged to stay local and to continue to choose outdoor options over indoor options where possible.The vaccination programme has entered its second phase, seeing a significant increase in the scale and speed of vaccinations. However, the Government believes that a widespread lifting of restrictions at this point – in advance of further substantial vaccination – would lead to unacceptable increases in infections, hospitalisations and deaths – and thus the very real prospect of having to reintroduce restrictions.The month of AprilThe following phased easing of restrictions will begin on 12 April and continue through the month:Full return to in-school teaching.Two households can meet up with one another outdoors for social and recreational purposes (this does not include private gardens). Any meetings outdoors should be safe with continued practicing of social distancing and other safe behaviours. Masks should be worn in crowded outdoor spaces.Travel restrictions will be relaxed to enable travel within own county or within 20km of residence if crossing county boundaries.Construction:– All residential construction projects can recommence.– Early Learning and Childcare and school aged childcare services will be added to list of essential services for construction activity during these restrictions to align with the current exemption to primary and secondary schools (where school building projects are progressing) and to allow important fire safety works to progress.From 19 April:Expansion of elite sports to include:training for and playing of National Governing Body sanctioned and organised adult intercounty National Gaelic Games Leagues, not including under 20 or minor competitions.certain high performing athletes as approved by Sport Ireland, in a range of sports. ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19 Linkedin Previous articleElla Nethercott wins Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021Next articleLimerick Post Show | PlayAct Drama School Staff Reporter Here is my bulls*it avoidance toolkit – Treat every day like it is April Fool’s Day! #AnnSteveTalk re-edit on vaccines, disinformation on Covid-19 and…last_img read more

US, UK troops among 3 dead in Iraq rocket attack: US official

first_imgIran retaliated by launching a volley of missiles at an Iraqi base hosting US soldiers days later.The US leads an international coalition — comprised of dozens of countries and thousands of soldiers — formed in Iraq in 2014 to confront the Islamic State, a jihadist group that Baghdad declared defeated in late 2017. While IS has lost its territory, sleeper cells remain capable of carrying out attacks.The Iraqi parliament voted to expel all foreign soldiers from the country in the wake of the killing of Soleimani, a decision that must be executed by the government. The outgoing government, which resigned in December in the face of mass protests, has yet to be replaced due to a lack of agreement in parliament — one of the most divided in Iraq’s recent history. Topics : An American soldier and a British soldier, as well as one US contractor, were killed Wednesday when rockets hit an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad, a US military official said.It was the deadliest attack on an installation hosting foreign troops in several years and comes after a spate of rocket attacks targeting US troops across Iraq as well as the US embassy in Baghdad. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Washington has blamed Iran-backed factions for similar attacks. The Iraqi army had earlier said the attack against the Taji base did not wound anyone or cause any damage, in what was the 22nd attack against American military interests in the country since late October.Previous rocket attacks targeting US soldiers, diplomats and facilities in Iraq in recent months have killed one US contractor and an Iraqi soldier. Two days after the death of an American in rockets fired on an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk at the end of last year, the US army hit five bases in Iraq and Syria used by the pro-Iran armed faction Kataeb Hezbollah.Tensions then rose further between arch foes Washington and Tehran, leading to the assassination in Baghdad on January 3 of the powerful Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and an Iraqi paramilitary commander in a US drone strike. last_img read more

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria: Five things we learned

first_imgIt was a comfortable win at the end of a cagey match for Croatia. An own goal by Etebo in the first half and a Luka Modric penalty in the second helped them secure the 2-0 win and they now go top of the Group D being the only team to have managed to secure a win.Here are five things we learned. NIGERIA’S INEXPERIENCE IN DEFENSE EXPLOITEDPoor marking from the Nigerian defence as they failed to pick out Rebic who flicked on Modric’s corner kick led to the first goal and a moment of naivety from William Ekong led to his manhandling of Mario Mandzukic in the box, leading to the penalty kick which was coolly slotted home by Modric. Nigeria’s vulnerability at set pieces resurfaced as seen in the friendly game against the Czech Republic.NIGERIA SHORT OF ATTACKING IDEASNigeria didn’t know how to break down a very resolute and strong Croatian defence. So many times, they tried to loft the ball to Ighalo but it was ineffective as Dejan Lovren and Vida were first to most of the aerial balls. Considering the height of the Croatian defence, it was very surprising to see Nigeria rely on crosses and long balls. There was also a disconnect between Mikel Obi and the lone striker [Ighalo who was later substituted for Iheanacho] as Mikel often dropped deep. This made the lone striker very isolated up front. Nigeria’s build-up play was also very slow as they often passed the ball backwards and sideways with no intent of creating some attacks of their own. They need to work on their movement up front as they were very disorganized going forward and couldn’t muster any clear-cut opportunity throughout the game. IS MIKEL OBI AN IDEAL NO. 10?Rohr has stuck to Mikel Obi in the no. 10 position but with this display, it is very difficult to see how Nigeria is going to create goal scoring opportunities. Mikel’s tendency to drop deep really hurt the side as there was no creative outlet. For one who spent most of his career playing as a defensive midfielder, Rohr should perhaps consider restoring him to his normal holding midfield role as they will need a lot of creativity against Iceland and Argentina. Mikel offers control and calmness on the ball but his creative ability is really questionable.CROATIA DARING AND WILL SHOOT AT THE SIGHT OF GOALIn the first half, Croatia relied on Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic to control the game from deep. Modric and Rakitic did spray some wonderful passes to wingers Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic who swapped positions several times and were very threatening. However, aside from the threats from the flanks, Croatia did not fear to take shots as Perisic, Andrej Kramaric and Rakitic didn’t fear to let out shots from distance.IWOBI DIDN’T COME TO THE PARTY It was a frustrating performance for Alex Iwobi who was anonymous for most periods of the game until his substitution in the 62nd minute. He was expected to light up the left flank with some dazzling runs but he was not up to the task. —-Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more