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Monday will be a significant date in terms of Ireland’s lockdown measures easing because a plethora of restrictions will be lifted.
In terms of the main points, from the start of next week, you can travel between counties, outdoor gatherings of up to 15 people can commence, hairdressers will reopen their doors, and the capacity for weddings and funerals will increase to 50 at a service.
For the retail sector, click and collect will also return, while in-store visits that are by appointment only will undoubtedly make shoppers happy.
However, in terms of travel, there still are rules in place for motorists who might be out on the road this weekend.
On that note, here are the most pertinent travel rules that are still in place…
You should not leave your relevant travel area unless you have a reasonable excuse.
Your relevant travel area is within your county or 20 km from your home if crossing county boundaries. From 10 May, there is an easing of restrictions and you can travel outside of your county (inter-county travel).
At present, Gardai have issued 14,779 €100 fines for non-essential travel.
Social distancing and and the proper health procedures
Ahead of the last weekend of the current travel restrictions, Gardai have asked the public to continue acting responsibly and to stay safe when planning activities.
They have asked people to avoid large gatherings and meeting in groups.
There will be a Garda presence at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend.
The usual instructions about social distancing and adhering to the health guidelines are also in place. 384 fines of €80 have been issued so far to people that were not wearing a face covering when they were required to.
When visiting amenities within the 20km travel limit, Gardai have asked motorists to please park legally.
Illegal parking can hinder access by emergency services and could put lives at risk. People who illegally park are also at risk of having their cars towed and impounded.
Speaking yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Policing and Security, Anne Marie McMahon said: “Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of so many, all the COVID-19 indicators are going in the right direction. However, as society starts to open up again, we can’t afford to be complacent.
“As we enjoy meeting up with more of our family and friends, and doing activities we haven’t been able to do for a while, please remember not to gather in large groups. Please maintain social distancing. Please do not hold or attend house parties. And keep washing your hands.”