04 Oct 2022

EXPLAINER: Full list of modified Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions for Ireland

EXPLAINER: Full list of modified Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions for Ireland

EXPLAINER: Full list of modified Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions for Ireland

Taoiseach Míchael Martin this evening announced that Ireland would go to Level 5 restrictions with some changes from midnight on Wednesday until the start of December. 

The full measures coming into place will be as follows:

* people are asked to stay at home. People should work from home unless providing an essential service for which their physical presence is required 

* people will be permitted to exercise within a radius of 5 km of their home

* there will be a penalty for movement outside 5km of home, with exemptions to this for essential work and essential purposes. (more details below)

* in line with current NPHET advice in respect of Level 5, schools, early learning and childcare services will continue to remain open and are deemed essential

* in addition, in recognition of the impact on children and young people of restrictions, non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15. All other training activities should be individual only, with some exemptions (more below)

* there should be no visits to other people’s homes or gardens

* there will be the concept of an extended household (or support bubble) for defined categories of individuals to support those at risk of social isolation and/or mental ill-health

* no social/family gatherings should take place, with the exemptions to this for weddings and funerals - Exemptions for weddings (irrespective of venue):** Up to 25 guests for wedding ceremony and reception. Exemption for funerals: Up to 10 mourners.

* It is possible to meet with one other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park, including for exercise

* there should be no organised indoor or outdoor events.

* essential retail and essential services will remain open

* public transport will operate at 25% capacity for the purposes of allowing those providing essential services to get to work. School transport unaffected.

* in line with current NPHET advice in respect of Level 5, professional, elite sports and inter-county Gaelic games, horse-racing and greyhound racing can continue behind closed doors.

* bars, cafes, restaurants and wet pubs may provide take-away and delivery services only. Wet pubs in *hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs may remain open, but only to support provision of essential services.

* 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.

* religious services will be available online

* museums, galleries and other cultural attractions will remain closed

* libraries will be available for online services only.

* outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks will remain open with protective measures.

* visits to Long Term Residential Care facilities are suspended with the exception of visits required for critical and compassionate circumstances

Essential purposes for travel (permitted outside 5k limit)

* travel to and from work, where work involves providing an essential service (see below)
* to attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products
* for vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, and in particular for those who live alone, as part of an extended household but excluding social family visits
* to attend a wedding or funeral
* for farming purposes i.e. food production and/or care of animals
* to visit a grave

Essential Services for Level 5

1. Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fishing, animal welfare and related services
2. Manufacturing
3. Supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment
4. Electricity, gas, water, sewage and waste management
5. Construction and development
6. Wholesale and retail trade
7. Transport, storage and communications
8. Accommodation and food services
9. Information and communications
10. Financial and legal activities
11. Professional, scientific and technical activities
12. Rental and leasing activities
13. Administrative and support activities
14. Public administration, emergency services and defence
15. Human health and social work activities
16. Education
17. Community and voluntary services
18. Diplomatic missions and consular affairs
Physical attendance at workplaces is only permitted for those providing the following services where such services can only be provided in person and cannot be delivered remotely. It does not include administrative and other support for such businesses and services unless specified in section 13 and the physical presence of a worker is required.

Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fishing, animal welfare and related services
1. The following services relating to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fishing, animal welfare and related services:
(a) farming;
(b) farm labour;
(c) farm relief services;
(d) crop and animal production;
(e) fishing for commercial purposes;
(f) aquaculture and fish farming;
(g) horticulture;
(h) forestry;
(i) veterinary, animal welfare and related services;
(j) marts held online only;
(k) the provision of support services relating to any of the services specified in subparagraphs (a) to (j) (including artificial insemination and animal disposal).

2. The following services relating to manufacturing:
(a) the manufacture, production or processing of food and beverage products;
(b) the manufacture, production or processing of animal feeds;
(c) the manufacture of work-wear apparel, personal protective equipment or footwear;
(d) the manufacture of wood pulp, paper and paperboard;
(e) the operation of sawmills and the processing of wood and cork;
(f) the printing and reproduction of newspapers and other media services;
(g) the distillation of coke and refined petroleum products;
(h) the refining of alumina;
(i) the manufacture of chemicals and chemical products;
(j) the manufacture of pharmaceutical products and preparations;
(k) the manufacture of products necessary for the supply chain of essential services;
(l) the manufacture of products necessary for national and international supply chains, other than such supply chains referred to in subparagraph (k);
(m) the manufacture of computers, electronic and optical products (including semi-conductors);
(n) the manufacture of electrical equipment, machinery and other equipment (including agricultural and forestry machinery);
(o) the manufacture of medical devices or appliances;
(p) the manufacture of medicinal, health, dental and other personal hygiene products, equipment, appliances and supplies.

Supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment
3. The following services relating to the supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment:
(a) the supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment (including mechanically propelled vehicles, industrial machinery and equipment) for essential services;
(b) the repair of mechanically propelled vehicles or the repair of bicycles and related facilities.

Electricity, gas, water, sewage and waste management
4. The following services relating to electricity, gas, water, sewage and waste management:
(a) the generation, transmission, supply and distribution of electric power;
(b) the extraction and distribution of gas and decommissioning activities in relation to offshore gas filed facilities;
(c) the collection, treatment and supply of water;
(d) the collection, treatment and disposal of sewage or wastewater;
(e) the collection of waste, remediation activities and other waste management treatment and disposal activities (including the operation of landfill sites, waste transfer stations, waste processing centres and recycling facilities or waste recovery).

Construction and development
5. The following services relating to construction and development:
(a) construction or development work and the provision of support services relating to construction and development work;
(b) the repair, maintenance and construction of road, rail and utility infrastructure;
(c) the supply and delivery of maintenance and repair services to businesses and places of residence (including electrical, gas, plumbing, glazing and roofing services).

Wholesale and retail trade
6. The following services relating to wholesale and retail trade:
(a) the operation of essential retail outlets;
(b) wholesale and distribution services necessary for ensuring the availability for sale of food, beverages, fuel, medicinal products, medical devices or appliances, other medical or health supplies or products, essential items for the health and welfare of animals, or supplies for the essential upkeep and functioning of a place of residence;
(c) the operation of automated teller machines and related services.

Transport, storage and communications
7. The following services relating to transport, storage and communications:
(a) the provision of land transport, including bus, rail and taxi services;
(b) road, rail, sea and air freight;
(c) the provision of sea and air passenger services;
(d) the operation of ports, harbours and airports;
(e) the operation of lighthouses;
(f) warehousing and support activities (including cargo-handling, postal and courier activities) for the transportation of goods;
(g) the control and critical maintenance of the transport infrastructure network (including roads);
(h) any service required for the safe provision of a service specified in subparagraphs (a) to (g).

Accommodation and food services
8. The following services relating to accommodation and food services provision:
(a) hotel or similar accommodation services to persons who are guests of those hotels or similar accommodation on the 21st day of October 2020 until the date of their departure;
(b) hotel or similar accommodation services to guests travelling for purposes other than social, recreational, cultural or tourist purposes;
(c) the operation of hotels or similar accommodation services providing essential accommodation (including accommodation for homeless persons and persons in direct provision, persons who are unable to reside in their usual place of residence due to reasons related to the spread of Covid-19 or otherwise) and related services;
(d) food and beverage service activities for supply to a business engaged in an essential service;
(e) the provision of food or beverage takeaway or delivery services.

Information and communications
9. The following services relating to information and communications:
(a) the production and publication of newspapers, journals and periodicals and the distribution of those publications, whether in hardcopy or digital format;
(b) the production of television and radio programmes, video, sound, digital or other electronic content and the broadcast or publication of the same to the public or a portion of the public;
(c) the provision of services necessary to deliver and support wired telecommunication activities and satellite telecommunication activities and other communications activities (including internet and cloud providers);
(d) the provision of data centre services and related services.

Financial and legal activities
10. The following services relating to financial and legal activities:
(a) financial, insurance and banking services (including post office and credit union services) provided by a financial services provider;
(b) accounting services or audit services;
(c) legal services provided by practising barristers or practising solicitors.

Professional, scientific and technical activities
11. The following services relating to professional, scientific and technical activities:
(a) the provision of engineering, technical testing activities and analysis (including the performance of physical, chemical and other analytical testing of materials and products);
(b) the provision of scientific research and development services;
(c) regulation, inspection and certification services, in accordance with law, of a particular sector by a body created by statute for that purpose.

Rental and leasing activities
12. The provision of a service for the rental or leasing of mechanically propelled vehicles or bicycles.

Administrative and support activities
13. The following services relating to administrative and support activities:
(a) payroll and payment services necessary for the operation of undertakings and bodies;
(b) employment placement and human resources services associated with the recruitment and deployment of workers engaged in the provision of essential services;
(c) data processing, website hosting and related activities;
(d) security activities to assist in either or both of the following:
(i) the delivery of essential services;
(ii) the securing of premises closed to the public;
(e) funeral, burial and related services;
(f) business support services (including information and communications technology support and sales, repair and maintenance for information and communications technology and telephones) where such services are necessary to support -
(i) any other essential service,
(ii) a person working from their place of residence where the business concerned is being operated from a place of residence, or
(iii) a business that is not an essential service, to the extent required to maintain that business in operation or to minimise any delay in the business resuming operation after these Regulations have ceased to be in operation;
(g) where such services are necessary to support any other essential service:
(i) the cleaning of buildings;
(ii) industrial cleaning activities;
(iii) the provision of key third party supports other than those referred to in paragraph (f) provided under contract to a person providing an essential service.
(h) essential health and safety training (that cannot be done remotely).

Public administration, emergency services and defence
14. The following services relating to public administration, emergency services and defence:
(a) the performance by the Garda Síochána, including members and civilian staff of the Garda Síochána, of its functions under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (No. 20 of 2005);
(b) public order, rescue and emergency services (including fire, coastguard, lifeboat, mountain rescue and ambulance services);
(c) the performance by the Defence Forces of the functions conferred on them by or under any enactment;
(d) emergency call answering services;
(e) services to enable the administration of justice;
(f) prison services and child detention services (including all onsite activities);
(g) cyber-security services;
(h) the provision of social protection benefits;
(i) regulatory processes and certification required to ensure supply chains, safety of food, beverages, medicinal products, medical devices or appliances, other medical or health supplies or products, and general process safety;
(j) the operation and maintenance of botanical gardens, parks, forests, nature reserves and playgrounds;
(k) activities relating to the management, protection, restoration and conservation of protected species, habitats and designated natural, archaeological and built heritage sites
(l) security, care and maintenance of premises, collections and objects under the care and management of the National Cultural Institutions
(m) services relating to the deaths and funerals of persons;
(n) chaplaincy services;
(o) services provided or functions performed by an office holder appointed under any enactment or under the Constitution, or members of either House of the Oireachtas, the European Parliament or a local authority;
(p) services provided under the Child Care Act 1991 (No. 17 of 1991);
(q) adoption services under the Adoption Act 2010 (No. 21 of 2010);
(r) services provided to victims;
(s) services, including regulation services, provided by, and activities of, the Central Bank of Ireland, the Investor Compensation Company DAC (otherwise known as the Investor Compensation Company Limited) and the National Treasury Management Agency;
(t) any other service provided, or function performed, by a public body (within the meaning of the Data Sharing and Governance Act 2019 (No. 5 of 2019)), where the provision of the service or performance of the function is necessary to support or manage -
(i) other essential services, or
(ii) the response of the State to the spread of Covid-19;
(u) Driver Testing Services provided by the Road Safety Authority for the purposes of section 33 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (No. 24 of 1961) for people involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets;
(v) Driving instruction provided by instructors on the Register of Approved Diving instructors, established under Part 3 of the Road Traffic (Driving Instructor Licensing) (No.2) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 203 of 2009), where the person receiving instruction has a booking reserved to undergo a test for the purposes of section 33 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (No. 24 of 1961);
(w) NCT for those with existing appointments;
(x) specific statutory planning system activities, to the extent that they cannot be carried out remotely.

Human health and social work activities
15. The following services relating to human health and social work activities:
(a) hospital services;
(b) therapy services provided by a member of a designated profession within the meaning of section 3 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (No. 27 of 2005);
(c) services relating to public health, including services relating to -
(i) the identification, tracing and contacting of persons who have been in contact with persons who have been diagnosed, or are suspected of having been infected, with Covid-19, and
(ii) the testing of persons for Covid-19;
(d) laboratory services;
(e) drug treatment and addiction services;
(f) hospice services;
(g) pharmacy services;
(h) primary care and general and specialist medical practice activities;
(i) dental services;
(j) blood donation and related services;
(k) tissue or organ donation and related services;
(l) residential care services (including nursing care, mental health and substance abuse services, services for elderly persons and persons with disabilities) and children’s residential services;
(m) homecare, home help and other health services in the community;
(n) social work and social care services, (including disability services, mental health services, child protection and welfare services, domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services) and homeless services including homeless outreach services;
(o) paramedical, ambulance and pre-hospital care services;
(p) services provided by minor injury units;
(q) maternity services;
(r) health and social work services;
(s) food safety and environmental services;
(t) regulated childcare services and the care of children for persons providing essential services.

16. The following services relating to education activities:
(a) primary and post primary school;
(b) higher and further education, insofar as onsite presence is required and such education activities cannot be held remotely.

Community and voluntary services
17. The following services relating to community and voluntary services:
(a) services not otherwise specified in this Schedule, provided by community and voluntary workers and the Civil Defence, as part of a publicly commissioned service, deployed to assist in the delivery of essential services;
(b) volunteer services operating under the local authority emergency management framework in accordance with public health guidance.

Diplomatic missions and consular affairs
18. The provision of services essential to the functioning of diplomatic missions and consular posts in the State.

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