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# social distancing

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# The North
Stormont ministers agree to end social distancing in NI shops and theatres
Ministers did not consider social distancing in the hospitality sector during today’s meeting.
# reopening
No mandatory antigen testing for 1,200 fans attending Leinster v Dragons match
The Rainbow Cup game on 11 June has been chosen as one of the test events allowing supporters to return.
South William Street business owners worried about staff and customer safety
However, some did tell The Journal today that it was “nice to see people out”.
# Opening Time
Happy shoppers return to stores but city retailers warn that tourism and office workers are still key
Customers can expect social distancing enforcement, one way traffic systems and lots of hand sanitiser.
Non-essential retail is allowed to resume from today
Face coverings are still mandatory to wear for customers and staff
Queues at some stores but reopening generally more low key than last year
Footfall a boost for cities but retailers warn tourism is still important
# social distancing
Up to 40 people in TV reception during controversial RTÉ retirement gathering, review finds
The RTÉ review found five breaches of Covid-19 protocols at the event.
# covid19
Managing director of RTÉ News apologises for social distancing breaches
RTÉ officials met with gardaí yesterday in relation to the retirement gathering.
# Christmas crowds
Safety first, selection boxes second: What will Christmas week look like in Irish supermarkets this year?
Tesco Ireland’s chief operating officer has urged shoppers not to panic.
# social distancing
Dublin businesses urge people to start Christmas shopping early to avoid large queues in December
DublinTown said 2020 has been “an extremely difficult year” for businesses.
# social distancing
Some schools ‘failing to implement Covid-19 social distancing’
The head of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland said members ‘will not accept any departure from public health guidance’.
# Kerry
Acting CMO: 'I'm not sure a situation like Killarney would be avoided by opening pubs'
This morning Independent TD Michael Health-Rae said people would get alcohol “in a measured and sensible way” if pubs re-opened.
# bmj
Social distancing rules for Covid-19 are based on outdated science, researchers argue
That’s according to research published in medical journal the BMJ.
# social distancing
First Dates producers to ban hugging and kissing for upcoming RTÉ series
The new measure aims to allow participants to abide by social distancing rules.
# social distancing
'Do not organise or attend house parties': Dr Ronan Glynn issues warning amid 'concerning trend'
Glynn has also asked workplaces to review their procedures and protocols.
# social distancing
GAA President makes direct appeal to Taoiseach to allow more supporters attend matches
John Horan has said the size of GAA stadia means larger numbers socially distancing is possible.
# social distancing
PSG thrash Ligue 2 club in front of 5,000 fans
The French government relaxed health protocols before the weekend to allow for a total attendance of 5,000, including players, journalists and staff.
# No parades
'Radio Boyne' and an Ulster Fry: How the Orange Order is celebrating a socially distanced 12 July
The Orange Order has cancelled parades this year because of Covid-19.
# Man in the Middle
All-Ireland final referee Gough opts out for 2020 due to social distancing concerns
‘As long as there is social distancing still in place,’ the Meathman is unavailable.
# Phase Three
'The idea is to just to try and keep the head above water': The Dublin tourist businesses still in suspended animation
Tour operators are facing down the barrel of a lost summer.
# Back To School
It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister
Guidelines for schools are currently being drafted.
# Two becomes one
England replaces two-metre social distancing rule with 'one-metre plus'
Pubs will also re-open in England from the start of July.
# Covid-19
Boris Johnson to discuss easing lockdown and two-metre rule with scientists
Johnson will tomorrow outline the plans to parliament for pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers to reopen in England.
# Pints
Two-metre social distancing rule could be reduced to one metre for pubs and restaurants opening this month
Restaurants and pubs which serve food are due to repen at the end of June.
# Wellbeing
Nationwide survey will ask people how they are coping as Covid-19 restrictions ease
It will also ask people about how well they feel the government is balancing the lifting of restrictions with that of economic and social wellbeing.
# Penneys Lane
'It's good to see town busy': Penneys re-opening sees long queues and excited shoppers
In Dublin and across the country, hundreds queued to enter Penneys.
# social distancing
UK mulls move to one-metre distancing as expert says earlier lockdown could've saved thousands of lives
Professor Neil Ferguson said that if the UK government imposed restrictions a week earlier, the death toll could’ve been halved.
# social distancing
Ibec urges government to change social distancing requirement to one metre
Business group representatives have met the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee today.
# Covid-19
'We probably could put 21,000 into Croke Park safely' - GAA plan for crowds with two-metre rule
GAA President John Horan on how they could accommodate fans while social distancing exists.
# Changes
Groups of up to six people allowed to meet indoors or outdoors from Monday
Up to 15 people can also meet for outdoor sporting activities, including summer camps for children.
# covid committee
Taking over private hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis will cost roughly €300 million
‘A fire alarm went off and we sent four fire tenders, and people are saying now we should only have sent three,’ the secretary general said.
# Your Say
Poll: Should churches and other places of worship be allowed to reopen now?
Government guidelines advise that places of worship should not reopen until 20 July.
# Two becomes one
2m v 1m: Why is the physical distancing advice different around the world and how should Ireland proceed?
The extent of physical distancing needed has become a major debate as Ireland looks to re-open.
# Covid-19
Barbecues to be order of the day from Monday as UK eases lockdown restrictions
Groups of up to six people will be able to meet in private gardens, Boris Johnson said this evening.
# social distancing
Two-metre rule makes reopening schools in September difficult, minister says
The minister said he will publish a road map for the reopening of schools in two weeks.
# social distancing
'It is not a rule, it is guidance': Tony Holohan says two-metre social distancing is not 'hard and fast law'
Concerns have been raised about the impact the measures will have on businesses as the country re-opens.
# keep back
Taoiseach says two metre social distancing rule remains in place
Ministers will be briefed by chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan next week.
# spoons
Counter screens and hand sanitiser: Wetherspoons outlines plans for how it can re-open its Irish pubs
Whenever they re-open, pubs are certain to look very different to how they did before Covid-19.
# 40 foot
Gardaí conduct patrols at Dun Laoghaire's 40 Foot and Sutton beach as good weather draws crowds
A number of people took advantage of the good weather and went to the beach.
# pod system
Childcare settings may use 'pod' system when they reopen
Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said social distancing would be “traumatic” for children and childcare providers.
# social distancing
Gardaí to wear face masks in certain situations but will not use them while conducting checkpoints
Garda management confirmed the news today.
# Keeping council
Coronavirus has forced some councils to take a new approach to local democracy
Some are sitting, some aren’t – how are councils in Dublin responding to Covid-19?