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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# social distancing

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New Zealand PM turned away from cafe as social distancing limits capacity
Jacinda Ardern has won wide praise for her handling of the pandemic.
# social distancing
Most Irish people don't expect a 'return to normality' until 2021
Seven in 10 people think we’ll have some form of social distancing in place until at least June 2021.
# Covid-19
Shane Ross says driving and NCT tests not likely to return anytime soon
The Dáil was told that a backlog of approximately 20,000 was building up for driving tests.
# social distancing
Council told to 'cop on' over plans to reduce outdoor seating for pubs and restaurants
Dublin City Council says it is reviewing rules in relation to outdoor seating due to social distancing guidelines.
# Covid-19
Handshakes and sharing cups banned: How Irish businesses will operate once they reopen
The HSA can order a business to shut down operations if it doesn’t comply with the measures.
# Trouble Brewing
Social distancing: Frustration and 'genuine panic' as cafe owners consider the future
Dublin cafe owners are grappling with rent and reduced footfall.
# Northern Ireland
NI Executive to advise public to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces
Stormont leaders also confirmed that the North’s Covid-19 infection rate is still too high to ease restrictions.
# Neil Ferguson
UK police won't fine top scientist who breached lockdown rules
Scotland Yard criticised Professor Neil Ferguson’s behaviour as “plainly disappointing” but ruled out issuing a fine.
# Neil Ferguson
Top UK scientist resigns after allowing woman to visit him during lockdown
Professor Neil Ferguson said he regretted “undermining” the continued need for social distancing to tackle Covid-19.
# social distancing
Northern Ireland health minister 'shocked' by images of packed Aer Lingus flight
Photos seemed to show little evidence of social distancing on a flight from Belfast to London.
# Coronavirus
'I don’t want people to get used to this': Trump says US will not extend social distancing guidelines
The national guidelines are set to expire on Thursday.
# social distancing
'I don't anticipate advice will change': Holohan says it's unlikely ease of restrictions will be announced this Friday
The chief medical officer told reporters this evening that NPHET’s advice to the government is unlikely to change.
# old footage
Debunked: No, this footage does not show NPHET members ignoring social distancing
An image was widely shared on social media after file footage appeared on RTÉ news bulletins.
# Coronavirus
Compliance with restrictions urged after increase in Dublin Bus passengers
Dublin Bus notified the government of an increase in passenger numbers day-on-day this week.
# social distancing
'An idiotic idea': Michael O'Leary says Ryanair won't return to flying if middle seats must be left empty
The Ryanair Executive laid out plans for the airline’s recovery including plans to run 40% of flights in July.
# New Rules
Rush to ease coronavirus restrictions could cause resurgence in cases, WHO warns
“This is not the time to be lax,” Dr Takeshi Kasai said.
# social distancing
Taoiseach dismisses idea that €1 should be added the price of a pint when pubs reopen
The Taoiseach said he hopes pubs can open again before a vaccine is found.
# social distancing
'It would be disastrous': Harris warns of dangers of becoming complacent with Covid-19 restrictions
In a video message this evening, Health Minister Simon Harris thanked the public for ‘flattening the curve’.
# good cause
'Social Distance Digital Relay' raises more than €70,000 for Pieta House
The event took place around Ireland and worldwide yesterday.
# rejig
Dublin City Council to reallocate space to allow pedestrians and cyclists to social distance
Loading bays and parking spaces will be removed to create space for people on bikes and on foot.
# Covid-19
Periods of social distancing may be needed into 2022, Harvard researchers say
The researchers assume that Covid-19 will become seasonal, but say much remains unknown.
# Coronavirus
Scotland's chief medical officer resigns after failing to follow her own advice by visiting second home
Dr Catherine Calderwood was spotted with her family at their second home more than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh.
# Coronavirus
Another 621 people have died from Covid-19 in UK as minister warns outside exercise could be banned
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was “quite unbelievable” crowds were still gathering over the weekend.
# Coronavirus
Nine-fold increase in health and safety workplace complaints in NI since Covid-19 outbreak
An “unprecedented” volume of calls have been received about social distancing in the workplace, the watchdog said.
# social distancing
BAM called on to stop construction on National Children's Hospital site
Paul Murphy said that “They are putting the workers in danger by continuing to operate at the site”.
# Covid-19
Just four seats downstairs as Dublin Bus brings in social distancing and reduced service
Social distancing measures will be in place from tomorrow and a reduced schedule will run from Wednesday.
# social distancing
Mostly sunny but cold weather expected this weekend as people told to stay at home
Today will be generally dry with some cloud and good spells of sunshine.
# dspca
People advised to 'think twice' before getting new pet during time of social distancing
The DSPCA fears people will return these pets when work and school routines go back to normal.
# Coronavirus
Public transport services to be reduced from next week
Visits to prisons will end from tomorrow, the government has also announced.
# tony holohan
'Some young people end up in intensive care': Health chief says *everyone* needs to social distance
Dr Tony Holohan warned that there have been many cases of young people being hospitalised because of Covid-19.
# Covid-19
Courts introduce 'unprecedented' measures to better adhere to social distancing rules
The Courts Service said that the measures aim to “promote health, yet maintain rights.”
# Coronavirus
Two more deaths and 219 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Ireland
Both patients were male and in the east of the country.
# Coronavirus
British Health Secretary says people ignoring social-distancing advice are ‘selfish’
Over the weekend, photos emerged showing crowds of people visiting open spaces across many parts of the UK and Ireland.
# shutting down
Supermacs, Starbucks, Subway and Krispy Kreme all to close their doors
McDonald’s announced yesterday that it was closing all its Irish stores.
# social distancing
Later post delivery expected as An Post staggers worker starting times
An Post is also asking customers to not bring children to post offices, if possible.
# Wicklow
Social distancing: Glendalough upper car park and Sally Gap closed due to 'sheer volume of traffic'
The National Parks and Wildlife Service said earlier this week that there’s been an increase in people using parks.
# social distancing
Watch: People play outdoor bingo from their flats in Dublin
From balcony bingo to beautiful sunsets, here is a round up of some good news this evening.
# social distancing
'When this all passes over, what will you look back on and wish you had done?'
Keeping your body and mind healthy is even more imperative now that we are staying at home. We speak to some fitness experts.
# social distancing
Over 70s will no longer need a medical report - in certain circumstances - when applying for a driving licence
Minister Shane Ross said it comes amid the Covid-19 outbreak and the need for social distancing.
# Older People
'No exceptions': HSE boss says Covid-19 guidelines can't be relaxed for Mother's Day
Paul Reid says there must be compliance every day, regardless of what celebrations are on.