15 May 2020

Looking forward to Phase 1 of re-opening the Country

As phase 1 of the government's roadmap for reopening of the country begins on Monday 18th May, it's great to see local businesses making announcements that they're getting ready to open their doors.

Please shop local where possible. Your local businesses are the backbone of your community. Even if they can't open right now, check out their Facebook pages and Websites as they may be able to supply goods directly to you during lock down.

According to the Governments plans the following changes will apply next week;

  • Some retail outlets such as garden centres, hardware stores, electrical stores, homewares and repair shops will be allowed to re-open.
  • Outdoor workers like builders and gardeners will can return to work.
  • Certain outdoor public amenities will re-open and some outdoor sporting activities will be allowed in small groups, with a maximum of 4 people.
  • Outdoor public sports amenities such as football and rugby pitches, tennis courts and golf courses will be reopened where social distancing can be maintained.
  • Childcare centres can reopen for children of healthcare workers.

At JobAlert.ie, it's business as usual. A lot of businesses are still hiring - here's just a few Vacancies that came in recently;

Experienced Glaziers – Dublin

IT Manager – Alone, Dublin 8 

Social Care Workers - Louth

Relief Social Care Workers - Louth

Assistant Store Manager - Tullamore

Store Manager – Tullamore

Van Drivers – South Donegal

Accountant / Accounts Technician – Dublin 7, Youth Advocate Programmes Ireland

Cleaning Supervisor - Portlaoise, Laois

Office Administrator - Portlaoise, Laois

Deputy Social Care Manager – TerraGlen, Westmeath

Social Care Leaders – TerraGlen, Westmeath

Quality Manager - Lobinstown, County Meath, Meade Potato

Senior Technical Support Engineer – Cavan, Cinnte Technologies

Retail Merchandisers - Arklow and Bray, Co. Wicklow

Retail Merchandisers - Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Retail Merchandisers - South Dublin

Retail Merchandisers - Tramore, Poleberry and Lisduggan, Co. Waterford

Care Workers / Healthcare Assistants - Full Training Provided - Dublin

Office Administrator - Ballymoun

Corporate Security Personnel – Men & Women, No Experience Required – Various Dublin Locations 

Best of Luck everyone, to see other vacancies or to advertise your vacancies with JobAlert.ie CLICK HERE

If you'd like to read the full details of the Government's roadmap, you can find it here;

Government publishes roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions and reopen Ireland’s economy and society

Published: 1 May 2020

From: Department of the Taoiseach

  • 1. Phase 1 (18 May)
  • 2. Phase 2 (8 June)
  • 3. Phase 3 (29 June)
  • 4. Phase 4 (20 July)
  • 5. Phase 5 (10 August)

The government has published a Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business to ease the COVID-19 restrictions and reopen Ireland’s economy and society in a phased manner.

You can view the roadmap here.

The roadmap will start from 18 May, from which point our country will reopen in a slow, phased way. The plan sets out five stages for unlocking restrictions, at three week intervals. As we ease restrictions, the rate of the virus in the community will be constantly monitored by the National Public Health Emergency Team and the government.

The framework sets out how we can keep the level of transmission as low as possible while balancing continuing restrictions proportionately with the positive social and economic benefits which will be brought about by lifting restrictions.

In the meantime, we are extending the distance you can leave your home, so from 5th May, it will be possible to go up to 5 kilometres for the purposes of exercise. People who are cocooning need to continue to do so, however it will be possible from the 5th May to go outside for exercise and fresh air, as with others in society, provided you keep within 5 kilometres of your home and observe social distancing at all times.

There are 5 phases in the Roadmap to ease restrictions. Each phase consists of a menu of options will be considered by Government as it gradually opens up economic and social activities.

Examples of the types of actions which will be considered under the various phases include:

Phase 1 (18 May)

  • allow outdoor meetings between people from different households
  • open up childcare for healthcare workers
  • phased return of outdoor workers
  • open retailers which are primarily outdoor or those which were open during first level of restriction (e.g. opticians)
  • opening of certain outdoor public amenities

Phase 2 (8 June)

  • allow visits to households
  • develop plans and supports to open up business with consideration for safety of staff and customers
  • open small retail outlets and marts where social distancing can be observed
  • open public libraries

Phase 3 (29 June)

  • allow small social gatherings
  • opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers in phased manner
  • return to work for those with low levels of interaction
  • open non-essential retail outlets with street level entrance and exit
  • open playgrounds

Phase 4 (20 July)

  • opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of all other workers on a gradually increasing basis
  • return to work for those who cannot work from home
  • gradual easing of restrictions for higher risk services (e.g. Hairdressers)
  • opening of museums, galleries, places of worship

Phase 5 (10 August)

  • allow larger social gatherings
  • return to work across all sectors
  • on a phased basis, commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2020/2021, opening of primary and secondary schools and 3rd level institutions
  • further easing of restrictions on high risk retail services

The Roadmap also sets out a framework for future decision making, which will at all times be underpinned by public health advice.

The government will regularly assess the following criteria as we seek to keep the level of transmission low while gradually restarting our economy:

  • the latest data regarding the progression of the disease
  • the capacity of the health service
  • the capacity of the testing and tracing system
  • the measures in place to protect vulnerable groups
  • an assessment of the impact of excess morbidity and mortality as a consequence of the restrictions

The COVID-19 emergency has had an unprecedented impact on our economy, as well as our society. As we begin the phased reopening of our economy, businesses will require additional supports.

Separately, a National Protocol to protect the health and safety of workers is being developed by Government, employers and trade unions, with the assistance of the Health and Safety Authority and the HSE.

The risk of a second wave of the virus is ever present. As a country, we can only move from one phase to the next if the virus stays under control between each phase. There will be a long-term need for physical distancing, for good hand hygiene, for respiratory hygiene, regular cleaning and for people to stay at home and isolate if they are sick.

However, the government is very conscious that that there are significant consequences of social distancing measures. The normal structures of daily life – work, school, sport, entertainment - have temporarily ceased to exist and even as we reopen society, we will be living our daily lives in modified ways for as long as we live with this pandemic.

We recognise that as we seek to mitigate the risks of transmission of COVID-19 through social distancing restrictions, we are creating other challenges for individuals, families and communities. Some of these challenges are manageable in the very short term but as restrictions continue, the impact becomes greater for some groups.

In living with restrictions, the government will take account of these balancing impacts and the particular consequences for more vulnerable groups in our society.

The areas where social-distancing causes most concern include:

  • non-COVID-19-related health delays
  • wellbeing and mental health
  • vulnerable groups for whom home is not a safe place
  • minorities and other groups disproportionately impacted by the restrictions
  • risk-taking behaviour and offending
  • crime and policing and access to justice

Government departments and agencies have been working to modify work practices, modes of delivery to meet with these challenges and this work will have to continue. It is acknowledged that additional measures have to be taken to reach out to more vulnerable groups and those that are particular affected by the guidance on cocooning and social distancing.

Some of these measures are already underway, through various cross-government efforts such as the Community Call, In This Together and Still Here initiatives and campaigns.

The Roadmap also acknowledges the need to continue to work intensively on our approach to travel restrictions and controls at ports and airports and our co-operation with Northern Ireland , the UK and our EU partners.

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