Over the last week there have been a number of announcements from Government in relation to the economy and the steps towards recovery.
Earlier this week the Government released the details of the Economic Recovery Plan 2021, details of the plan are noted below along with updates on the changes and measures over the coming weeks.
Economic Recovery Plan
As the successful vaccination programme allows us to progressively re-open the economy, the Economic Recovery Plan sets out how we will support the full resumption of economic activity and get people back to work.
Building on the extensive supports the Government put in place since the start of the pandemic, this Plan sets out a new phase of supports, investment and policies for a new stage of economic recovery and renewal.
Our overarching ambition is to have 2.5 million people in work by 2024, exceeding pre-pandemic levels. Many of these jobs will be more productive, innovative, resilient and in new areas of opportunity, aligned with the Government’s green and digital ambitions.
Four Pillars of the ERP
- Ensuring our public finances are sustainable for a lasting recovery
- Helping people back into work by extending labour market supports and through intense activation and reskilling and upskilling opportunities, driven by Pathways to Work 2021-2025
- Rebuilding Sustainable Enterprises through targeted supports and polices to make enterprises more resilient and productive
- A Balanced and Inclusive Recovery through strategic investment in infrastructure and reforms that enhance our long-term capacity for growth, balanced regional development and by improving living standards.
Changes – Quick Guide
From 2 June
- Accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, hostels and self-catering) Can reopen with services restricted to overnight guests
From 7 June
- Visitors to your home – If you are an unvaccinated household you can have visitors from 1 other unvaccinated household inside your home. Vaccine bonus remains in place for vaccinated households
- Weddings – 25 people can attend a wedding celebration or reception
- Sport – Outdoor sports matches can take place
- Gyms and training – Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres can reopen for individual training only
- Restaurants and bars – Outdoor services can reopen
- Driver Theory tests – 25,000 tests per month to take place
- Organised outdoor events – Maximum of 100 attendees for the majority of venues. Maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
- Live events – Pilot events to take place
From 5 July (subject to the public health situation at the time)
- Visitors to your home – You can have visitors from up to 3 other households inside your home
- Weddings – 50 people can attend a wedding celebration or reception
- Organised indoor events – Maximum of 50 attendees at the majority of venues. Maximum of 100 can attend events in larger venues with strict public health measures in place
- Organised outdoor events – Maximum of 200 attendees for the majority of venues. Maximum of 500 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
- Personal fitness – Indoor training, exercise and dance activities can recommence in pods of up to 6
- Bars and restaurants – Indoor services can resume
From 19 July (subject to the public health situation at the time)
- International travel – Current government advice is to avoid non-essential international travel. Depending on the prevailing public health situation at the time, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA
Under consideration for August
- Indoor and outdoor events – Further increases in the numbers permitted
- Wedding – Maximum attendance at wedding receptions and celebrations to increase to 100
Public transport – To return to full capacity
What you can do in June
Continue to protect yourself and others by following public health advice.
From 2 June
- Accommodation services including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels can reopen. Services including leisure facilities, indoor restaurant and bar services must be restricted to overnight guests/residents only.
From 7 June
- the numbers permitted at organised outdoor events can increase to a maximum of 100 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
- cinemas and theatres can reopen
- partial reopening of Driver Theory Test Services (25,000 tests per month with related incremental opening of driver test centres)
- visiting indoors in private homes – if you are an unvaccinated household you can have visitors from 1 other unvaccinated household inside your home
- the numbers of guests attending wedding celebration or reception can increase to 25
- outdoor sports matches can recommence
- gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres can reopen for individual training only
- outdoor services in restaurants and bars can recommence
- outdoor amusement/theme parks/funfairs can reopen
- drive-in cinema and drive-in bingo can take place
- swimming lessons and classes can take place
In order to prepare for the easing of restrictions, it is intended that a selected small number of sport and cultural pilot live events will take place in June. The purpose of these pilots is to assess logistical arrangements to implement necessary protective measures. This will inform guidance for venues due to reopen in July or with growing numbers in August.
What you can do in July (subject to the public health situation at the time)
From 5 July
Subject to maintaining progress with the virus, the following measures will come into effect:
- increased numbers permitted to meet indoors in private homes in line with Level 2 of the Framework – up to 3 other households
- number of guests permitted at wedding receptions/celebrations increased to 50
- organised indoor events can recommence, permitting a maximum of 50 attendees at the majority of venues in groups of up to 6, with arrangements to ensure no intermingling of groups. Max of 100 in larger venues where strict 2 metre seated social distancing and one-way controls for entry and exit can be implemented (includes business, training, conferences, events in theatres and other Arts events)
- the numbers permitted at outdoor organised events can further increase to a maximum of 200 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 500 for outdoor stadia/venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
- indoor training, exercise and dance activities can recommence in pods of up to 6
- return of indoor services in restaurants and bars
- indoor activities – bowling alleys, snooker halls, amusement arcades, ice-skating/roller skating rinks and children’s play centres, indoor waterparks, in line with appropriate sectoral guidance
From 19 July
The current government advice is to avoid non-essential international travel. From 19 July, subject to the prevailing public health situation, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA.