Monday 18th, Reopening Ireland, some Questions & Answers:

At, we have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the changes taking place on Monday 18th, our sources include The Irish Times Sky News and the Journal.

What is happening on May 18th?

From Monday, phase one of the Government’s roadmap for reopening society and business is scheduled to come into effect.

What exactly will reopen?

Garden centres, farmers’ markets, hardware and homeware stores will reopen as well as opticians, motor and bicycle repair shops and phone repair shops. Outdoor workers in construction can return including gardeners and those working in allotments.

How will the likes of opticians work with social distancing in place?

The Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) has said appointments will be kept as brief as possible and the number of people on the premises at one time will be managed. Where close examinations are required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be worn and recommended protocols will be followed.

The AOI said eye drops may be used to speed up exams. It said people should phone their optometrist in advance to discuss their needs and then to make an appointment based on this discussion.

Can I meet up with family and friends from Monday?

Up to four people who don’t live together can meet outdoors while keeping at least two metres apart. People are still being encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Attendance at funerals is being kept to a maximum of 10 people.

Will childcare or education resume?

A scheme to offer childcare to frontline workers, which was due to begin from Monday, has been scrapped due to a low uptake of providers.

What restrictions will be lifted next?

Phase two of the Government’s roadmap is scheduled for June 8th and again this will depend on advice from the NPHET. People will be able to travel up to 20km away from their home though the advice will be to still avoid unnecessary journeys wherever possible. Shops will provide dedicated hours for those who are cocooning, who can also have a small number of visitors to their home. Workers who work by themselves and those who can keep a two metre distance from others can return