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 Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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


Anthony Bourdain dies at 61 in apparent suicide

first_imgSlaven Vlasic/Getty Images(KAYSERSBERG, France) — Award-winning chef, writer and television personality Anthony Bourdain has died in an apparent suicide. He was 61.Bourdain was found dead on Friday morning in his room at a luxury hotel in the tiny village of Kaysersberg in the Alsace region of northeast France. He appeared to have hanged himself, according to Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, the prosecutor of Colmar in Alsace region, southeast of Kaysersberg.The exact cause of death is under investigation.The hotel where Bourdain was staying declined to comment Friday.Bourdain was the host of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” which has aired on CNN since its premiere in 2013. The travel and food series, which features cuisines and stories from around the world, has won several Emmy Awards as well as a 2013 Peabody Award, according to CNN.He leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane Bourdain.CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death in a statement Friday.“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”CNN reported that Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode for his hit series when close friend and French chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.“Anthony was a dear friend,” Ripert told ABC News in a statement Friday. “He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.”An employee of the Wistub de la Petite Venise restaurant in Colmar told ABC News that Bourdain was there having lunch with Ripert on Monday.“He seemed happy, cheerful, he was joking and enjoying himself,” the employee, who declined to give her name, said of Bourdain. “He had a choucroute for lunch.”Bourdain posted a photo of the Alsatian dish on his official Instagram account — his final post before his death.Born in New York City and raised in Leonia, New Jersey, Bourdain went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978 and pursue a career in cooking.In an interview with ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis last year, Bourdain said when he was younger he had a kind of “live hard, die young” attitude.“It came as sort of a rude surprise to me when I turned 30 and I was still alive,” he said. “I didn’t really have a plan after that.”Bourdain ran a number of restaurant kitchens in New York City. But he gained fame with his acclaimed nonfiction book in 2000, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.”“Mine was not a particularly distinguished cooking career,” Bourdain told ABC News in the interview last year. “When ‘Kitchen Confidential’ was published, [it] was to my great surprise a success … I was determined not to screw this up.”Bourdain authored several other nonfiction books on the culinary industry as well as accounts of his world-travel and food adventures. In 2011, he founded his own publishing line, Anthony Bourdain Books, at Ecco Press, a New York-based publishing imprint of HarperCollins.“I’ve known Tony as an author and friend for many years,” Ecco president and publisher Daniel Halpern said in a statement Friday. “He not only revolutionized the memoir genre with his groundbreaking and iconic work, ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ he supported emerging voices and chefs with his imprint, Anthony Bourdain Books. His death is a great personal tragedy. Our thoughts are with his daughter and family at this difficult time.”On CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” Bourdain delved into different cultures across the globe by talking and sharing meals with locals. U.S. President Barack Obama famously appeared on an episode in Vietnam in 2016, during his final months in office. Obama and Bourdain discussed Vietnamese-American relations, among other things, while dining on grilled pork, noodles and beer at a small family-run restaurant in Hanoi.Previously, Bourdain had hosted a TV show called “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network and then “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “The Layover” on the Travel Channel.‘Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did’In recent months, Bourdain garnered attention as an outspoken advocate of the #MeToo movement, with his vocal support of dozens of women — including his own girlfriend, Italian actress and director Asia Argento — who accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.“I’ve been seeing up close — due to a personal relationship — the difficulty of speaking out about these things, and the kind of vilification and humiliation and risk and pain and terror that come with speaking out about this kind of thing,” Bourdain told Slate magazine last October. “That certainly brought it home in a personal way that, to my discredit, it might not have before.”Argento posted a statement on her official Twitter account, saying she’s “beyond devastated” to lose her “love,” “rock” and “protector.”“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds,” she said in the statement Friday. “He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”During a 2015 interview with Wine Spectator, Bourdain was asked how he would like to be remembered.“Maybe that I grew up a little,” he told the magazine. “That I’m a dad, that I’m not a half-bad cook, that I can make a good coq au vin. That would be nice. And not such a bad bastard after all.”In a now-eerie interview with People magazine that was published last month, Bourdain said he’d rather “die in the saddle” than retire.“I gave up on that. I’ve tried. I just think I’m just too nervous, neurotic, driven,” he told the magazine. “I would have had a different answer a few years ago. I might have deluded myself into thinking that I’d be happy in a hammock or gardening. But no, I’m quite sure I can’t. I’m going to pretty much die in the saddle.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more