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Level 5 ‘lockdown’ restrictions from midnight Wednesday

Enda Cunningham

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The Government has decided that as of midnight on Wednesday, all of Ireland will be placed on Level ‘lockdown’ restrictions.

This action is based on current public health advice, the deteriorating situation with the disease across the country and the Government’s objectives to support families by keeping schools and childcare facilities open, maintaining non-Covid health services and protecting the vulnerable.

Level 5 restrictions will remain in place for a period of 6 weeks.

Given the difficulties that these restrictions place on individuals and families across the State, the risk of job losses and of poverty and homelessness, the Government has agreed that the moratorium on evictions be reinstated and that Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Employee Wage Subsidy Scheme be amended to reflect these challenges.

Placing the country at Level 5 Restrictions will have the following implications:

  • people are asked to stay at home. People should work from home unless providing an essential service for which their physical presence is required (see below for essential services)
  • people will be permitted to exercise within a radius of 5 km of their home
  • there will be a penalty for movement outside 5km of home, with exemptions to this for essential work and essential purposes
  • in line with current NPHET advice in respect of Level 5, schools, early learning and childcare services will continue to remain open and are deemed essential
  • in addition, in recognition of the impact on children and young people of restrictions, non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15. All other training activities should be individual only, with some exemptions, see below
  • there should be no visits to other people’s homes or gardens
  • however, there will be the concept of an extended household (or support bubble) for defined categories of individuals to support those at risk of social isolation and/or mental ill-health (see notes to editors).
  • no social/family gatherings should take place, with the exemptions to this for weddings and funerals (see below).

It is possible to meet with one other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park, including for exercise

  • there should be no organised indoor or outdoor events.
  • essential retail and essential services will remain open (see below).
  • public transport will operate at 25% capacity for the purposes of allowing those providing essential services to get to work [School transport unaffected].
  • in line with current NPHET advice in respect of Level 5, professional, elite sports and inter-county Gaelic games, horse-racing and greyhound racing can continue behind closed doors.
  • bars, cafes, restaurants and wet pubs may provide take-away and delivery services only. Wet pubs in hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs may remain open, but only to support provision of essential services.
  • those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable are advised to continue to exercise personal judgement. It is recommended that they stay at home as much as possible, limit engagement to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced. When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home. It is recommended to shop during designated hours only, while wearing a face covering, and to avoid public transport.
  • religious services will be available online
  • museums, galleries and other cultural attractions will remain closed
  • libraries will be available for online services only.
  • outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks will remain open with protective measures.
  • visits to Long Term Residential Care facilities are suspended with the exception of visits required for critical and compassionate circumstances

Essential purposes for travel (permitted outside 5k limit):

  • travel to and from work, where work involves providing an essential service (see below)
  • to attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products
  • for vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, and in particular for those who live alone, as part of an extended household but excluding social family visits
  • to attend a wedding or funeral
  • for farming purposes i.e. food production and/or care of animals
  • to visit a grave

Exemptions for weddings (irrespective of venue): Up to 25 guests for wedding ceremony and reception.

Exemption for funerals: Up to 10 mourners.

Sports/Training/Matches

No training or matches should take place, with the exception of professional, elite sports and inter-county Gaelic games, horse-racing and greyhound racing, which are being permitted to continue behind closed doors.

Extended Household Concept

In order to support those who risk isolation, such as single adult households and those who have shared parenting or shared custody arrangements; those living alone who have mental health challenges, or those living with partner with dementia for example, it will be possible for those in such circumstances to nominate one other household with whom they can mix. This will allow for social support beyond the caring exemptions already available.

Amendments to PUP and EWSS

We know the move to Level 5 will have a significant impact on businesses – we know many people will temporarily lose their jobs on Thursday

As a result of the fact that businesses have to close we are making changes to the PUP and the EWSS

The new payment structure for the PUP is as follows, with the rate of €350 restored to those who were earning in excess of €400 per week:

Prior Weekly Earnings (Gross)PUP Payment
less than €200€203
€200 – €299.99€250
€300 – €399.99€300
more than €400€350

This change to payment rates will apply for payments issued from Tuesday 27th October (PUP is paid weekly on a Tuesday) in respect of all existing and new applicants.

The EWSS is also being amended to align with the amendment to PUP. This means here will be 5 payment rates/bands as follows:

  • 0 – €151 = €0
  • >€151 < €203 = €203
  • >€203 < €300 = €250
  • >€300 < €400 = €300
  • >€400< €1,462 = €350

The main aim of this scheme is to ensure where possible employees retain their link with their employer rather than become unemployed. This revised scheme will run to end January 2021.

Essential retail outlets:

Retailers with mixed retail offering which have discrete spaces for essential and non-essential retail should make arrangements for the separation of relevant areas.

  • outlets selling food or beverages on a takeaway basis, or newspapers, whether on a retail or wholesale basis and whether in a non-specialised or specialised outlet.
  • markets that, wholly or principally, offer food for sale.
  • outlets selling products necessary for the essential upkeep and functioning of places of residence and businesses, whether on a retail or wholesale basis.
  • pharmacies, chemists and retailers or wholesalers providing pharmaceuticals or pharmaceutical or dispensing services, whether on a retail or wholesale basis.
  • outlets selling health, medical or orthopaedic goods in a specialised outlet, whether on a retail or wholesale basis.
  • fuel service stations and heating fuel providers
  • outlets selling essential items for the health and welfare of animals (including animal feed and veterinary medicinal products, pet food, animal bedding and animal supplies), whether on a retail or wholesale basis.
  • laundries and drycleaners
  • banks, post offices and credit unions
  • outlets selling safety supplies (including work-wear apparel, footwear and personal protective equipment), whether on a retail or wholesale basis.
  • hardware outlets, builders’ merchants and outlets that provide, whether on a retail or wholesale basis –

– hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance or construction and development,

– sanitation and farm equipment, or

– supplies and tools essential for farming or agriculture purposes.

-outlets providing for the repair and maintenance of mechanically propelled vehicles or bicycles and any related facilities (including tyre sales and repairs).

  • the following outlets, insofar as they offer services on an emergency basis only:

-optician and optometrist outlets

-outlets providing hearing test services or selling hearing aids and appliances

-outlets selling office products and services for businesses or for relevant persons working from their respective places of residence, whether on a retail or wholesale basis

-outlets providing electrical, information and communications technology and telephone sales, repair and maintenance services for places of residence and businesses.

  • any other retail outlet that operates an online or other remote system of ordering goods for purposes of collection at the retail outlet
  • outlets selling food or beverages whether on a retail or wholesale basis and whether in a non-specialised or specialised outlet:

-insofar as they sell food or beverages on a takeaway basis or for consumption off the premises,

-insofar as they are staff canteens operating for the exclusive use of persons working in, or at, a particular premises, or

– hotels or similar accommodation services insofar as they sell food or beverages for consumption on the premises by residents of the service.

See the list of Essential Services HERE

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Shopping local, supporting local business is more important now than ever before

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When we shop locally, we are not just supporting a local business; we are looking after our own communities. And we need to look after each other, and protect our communities, now more than ever.

We urge all our readers to support your community, support your town and support each other.

The Connacht Tribune is supporting local businesses which remain open and continue to trade despite the introduction of Level 5 restrictions.

Each day, on our website and social channels, the Connacht Tribune will publish a list of local businesses who are open for business and providing a service to their customers during lockdown.

While only essential retailers are allowed to operate as normal during Level 5, all retailers are allowed to operate a “click and collect” service under the regulations.

If you want to appear on the list please contact our Advertising Department at 091 536222

 

Here are today’s list of businesses:

PATRICIA O’TOOLE

Beautiful You, Clifden

Vouchers available

We sell on line  www.patriciaotoole.com

We are doing Click and Collect

We are also doing Call and Collect – 087-7717563

 

WALSH’S BAKERY

Clifden

Yes we sell online – https://walshsbakery.ie/shop/

We also are doing

Click & collect, call & collect and offer gift vouchers.

Phone: (095) 21283

 

SEYMOURS LOUGHREA

Carpets & Rugs, Furniture, Sliding Wardrobes, Beds, Wood Flooring & Vinyl

Main Street, Loughrea, County Galway

Telephone: 091 880503

Email: seymoursloughrea@gmail.com

Our Opening times are:

Monday-Friday: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

Saturday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Sunday: Closed

Carpets & Rugs

Whether you are looking for luxury, trendy, cosiness, or budget, we offer a truly massive range of carpets and rugs from many leading manufacturers.

Beds

Check out our full range of carefully selected beds in modern and traditional styles. Double and Single beds, and mattresses in a huge range of sizes.

Wood Flooring

We stock an extensive range of high-quality wooden flooring from well-known brands, all at competitive prices.

Seymours Loughrea provide a professional installation service for any carpet or flooring you choose.

 

Cló Iar-Chonnacht is a publishers and Irish-language book shop based in An Spidéal and online at www.cic.ie.

The company, which is celebrating 35 years in business this year, stocks a wide range of books in Irish for young and old as well as a selection of traditional music CDs.

Their annual sale is running from 1 – 23 December and they are offering a click and collect service as well as postal delivery for online and phone orders.

Orders can be placed online at www.cic.ie 24/7 and there is also a phone ordering service from Monday to Friday at 091 593307.

 

CURRAN SAWMILLS

Cluide, Corrandulla.

We are OPEN

Contact:  091 791273

Email:  cluidesawmills@gmail.com

Opening hours are:

7:30a.m. – 5.00 p.m.  Monday to Friday

9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Saturdays

 

CLIFDEN BIKE SHOP

www.clifdenbikeshop.ie

We sell on line and you can click and collect.

Contact number is 09522630

Vouchers – yes yes – we sell vouchers.

Our email address is clifdenbikeshop.ie

 

CHADWICKS

Sarsfield Rd, Townparks, Ballinasloe.

Chadwicks Group operates nationwide and are the #1 Builders Merchants and Home Improvement Specialist in Ireland.

From building & plumbing materials to DIY supplies & equipment hire. We’re here to help with all your home or building projects. Let’s Get It Done.

Opening Hours:

Monday        8am – 5pm

Tuesday       8am – 5pm

Wednesday  8am – 5pm

Thursday     8am – 5pm

Friday          8am – 4pm

Saturday      9am – 1pm

Phone – 09096 42212

 

 

ARRABAWN

Your Local Co-op in Athenry

091 844086

 

EZ LIVING

Website: www.ezlivingfurniture.ie

Number: 0818 222 272

 

OH!  BY GUM

We are doing click and collect or you can order online on www.ohhbygum.ie or phone 0858000377 Clifden, Co Galway.

Vouchers available both digital for website and for use instore.

We believe fashion should be good for the planet and good for the people who make it too. It’s why we source everything we sell from makers and suppliers who share our vision.

It’s why all the items in our range are ethically produced and include organic, vegan, sustainable and recycled options.

It’s why we try and ensure that the people who make our products are fairly paid for what they do. We also believe that being conscious of what you buy, shouldn’t mean sacrificing value, quality or style.

Which is why you’ll not only look good wearing our clothes. You’ll feel good too.

 

ALL THINGS CONNEMARA

Market Street Clifden

Telephone 095 22360

Email: shop@allthingsconnemara.ie

www.allthingsconnemara.ie

Vouchers available, we are also doing click or call  and collect.

 

ADARE BEVERAGES

Pure Natural focuses on sourcing premium and local products and bringing them to your doorstep.

We have a unique range of natural and organic beverages, Irish cosmetics and handcrafts that are all available for home delivery.

Our Christmas Gift Boxes contain the finest of beverages and all our food products are sourced in the west of Ireland.

Please order online www.purenatural.ie or contact Padraic Conroy on 086-2382616.

We deliver for FREE in Galway city or alternatively anywhere else in Ireland for €7.35.

 

CORRIB OIL

Corrib Oil, 9 Abbey Trinity, Tuam   093 26772

Corrib Oil, 37-79 Brackernagh, Ballinasloe   090 9646054

Corrib Oil, 2 The Hill, Dublin Rd, Loughrea   091 841003

Corrib Oil, Crowe Street, Gort    091 631818

Fuel Depot

Tuam Road, Galway City 091 751311

CLAYTON HOTEL GALWAY

Open for essential workers

Click and Collect Menu available.

Gift vouchers available

www.claytonhotelgalway.ie

091 721900

Info.galway@claytonhotels.com

 

EYRE SQUARE DENTAL CLINIC

As an essential service We are open during level 5 restrictions.

For appointments

We are located at the bottom of Eyre Square, opposite the AIB Bank on the corner.

Phone – 091 562932

Email –info@eqresquaredental.ie

DUANES HARDWARE AND FOODSTORE

Kiltulla, Athenry, Galway.

Duanes Hardware is located in the Heart of Kiltullagh village.

We are a family run local business operating since 1940’s.

OUR SERVICES:

Hardware Store

  • Building supplies • Agri & Fertiliser • DIY Supplies • Delivery service
    Grocery store
  • Filling Station • Deli (hot & Cold), 9 grams Coffee station • National Lottery • Postpoint Services

Email: sean@duanes.ie

Tel: +353 91 848019  Fax: +353 91 848984

www.duanes.ie

 

BERWICK SOLICITORS

16 Eyre Square, Galway

Berwick Solicitors, Galway is a full-service firm with offices in Galway, Dublin and Clare.

Phone – 091 – 567545

Email – info@berwick.ie

 

SALMONS DEPARTMENT STORE

Main Street, Ballinasloe

Our new online store is now Live

Courier delivery and same day click and collect available

https://salmonsonlinestore.com/

Phone- 09096 42120

 

CLASSIC TILES

Tuam Road, Galway 091 752561

www.classictiles.ie

 

BETTER BEDDING

Sean Mulvoy Road, Galway

091 756766

nfo@betterbedding.ie

www.betterbedding.ie

 

Anthony Ryans

18 Shop St, Galway.

Phone(091) 567 061

www.anthonyryans.com

 

Anthony Ryans Homestore Ltd.
7 Lombard Street. Galway.
Phone :  091 539627
sales@anthonyryans.com

Shop for Homewares, Bedlinen, Luggage and Curtains online at:

www.anthonyryans.com

 

MABS

South Galway Office 0761 07 2570

National Helpline 076 107 2000

https://www.mabs.ie

 

ALL4BABY

Tuam Road Retail Centre, Tuam Rd, Galway, H91 NX64

Phone(091) 764 400

www.all4baby.ie

 

WHELAN’S GARAGE

Main dealers for Massey Ferguson
Whelan’s also deal with a range of manufacturers including Fendt, Honda, Husqvarna, Draper and more.

Long established business with 3 locations in Clare and South Galway. Employs over 40 staff

Loughrea Depot – 091 880050   Contact Padraig 087 6755189

Kilrush Depot – 065 9051147

Ennis Depot – 065 6822272

https://whelansgarage.com/

 

LONDIS

Newcastle Road Foodhall, Galway

We’re open for instore shopping and collection orders 24/7 and offer a delivery service from 9am – Late (2am weekdays and 4am at weekends).

Our phone number is 091-585708 and our website is www.londisonline.ie.

We also have an app that’s available on Google Play and the App Store.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ie.flipdish.fd6451

https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/londis-online/id1506153717

 

Alison Loughnane

Farrell Auctioneers, Valuers & Estate Agents LTD

Courtney House, George’ s St, Gort.

091 – 632688

086 – 2455925

alison@colmfarrell.com

Our doors maybe closed but we are still working please feel free to contact us anytime. In the current lockdown 5 guidelines we can carry out viewings and valuations.

 

MacMahon Oil

Kinvarra, Moy Road, Co. Galway, H91 XD52

091 637317 /  091 638126 / 091 561677

Supplying your Home Heating Needs for the past 25 years

– Serving Galway City & County and North Clare

– Super 6 Day Delivery

– Same Day Delivery for “Out of Oil” Customers

– Competitive Prices – Guaranteed

– Prompt Delivery Services

– Gift Vouchers Available

– Authorised EMO Distributor

 

Beattys Loughrea      

091 841403

www.beattys.ie

Beattys Topline   

091 841403

www.toplinebeattys.ie

 

Modella,

Corrandulla, Co Galway

091 791598

www.modella.ie

 

Parklawn Tree Services Ltd

Church Park, Tremane, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon F42Y767

Professional tree surgery & Arboricultural Consultancy

Parklawn Tree Services is a professional tree surgery and arboricultural consulting company providing a wide range of services to customers and clients across Ireland. Since 1998, we have steadily expanded our business to cover a wide range of land based services; from small urban garden trees to the large rural forests.

We provide sensitive domestic tree care to large-scale commercial tree surgery contracts.

Office: 086 6077307
Enda Stephens: 086 8125165
John Nolan: 086 6077302
Garrett Murphy: 087 9059892
Lorraine Brennan: 087 9836302

www.parklawntreeservices.com

 

Delight Café, Renmore Avenue, Galway

Delight Health Café in Galway is striving to promote good food and drinks. This is done using the most fresh and top quality ingredients, and as many local suppliers as possible! Come check us out… Fabulous-food-fast!

Tel: 091 761466
steph.delightcafe@gmail.com

www.delight.ie/

 

The Twelve Hotel,

Barna Village, Galway

Telephone: 091 597012

https://www.thetwelvehotel.ie/takeaway

Drive Through – Wednesday to Sunday 1pm to 8pm and Friday/Sat 9pm

 

Oranmore Lodge Hotel

We have a wide range of gift vouchers available for the festive season.

They are an ideal gift for a loved one, ranging from dining, hotel stays and leisure club vouchers.

All vouchers available to purchase online

www.oranmorelodge.ie or call us on 091 794400

 

Meadow Court Hotel

Looking for that ideal gift for your loved one this Christmas ?

Why not purchase a meadow court hotel gift voucher

By website- www.meadowcourthotel.com

Email – meadowcourthotel@eircom.net

Phone- 091- 851051

 

 

The team at Topline Flynns and Flynns of Lackagh Ltd. is very proud to be serving the community in Lackagh, Co. Galway and its environs for the past 170 years. Our dedicated group of well trained, professional and long serving staff are always on hand, striving to ensure customer service, quality and value are at the forefront.

Telephone: 091 797116

www.flynnsoflackagh.ie

 

 

2020 has really highlighted the importance of looking after our physical and mental health, and what better way to treat your loved ones or reward your employees this Christmas than with the gift of an exhilarating adventure at Wildlands. Vouchers available to suit all budgets from €20 stocking fillers to corporate bundles.

Available online at www.wildlands.ie or you can buy onsite at Wildlands in Moycullen. Vouchers are valid for 5 years. For corporate enquiries email info@wildlands.ie

 

Looking for fast, reliable Broadband Internet in Galway? Lightnet is a leading provider of broadband and landline service to homes and businesses. We can offer you options to best suit your individual needs.

Telephone 091 395804

Email: sales@lightnet.ie

www.lightnet.ie

 

McD’s Garden Centre Galway

Galway Irish Crystal Centre Merlin Park, Old Dublin Rd, Galway, H91 NN56

McD’s Garden Centre Loughrea

The Green, Loughrea, Co. Galway, H62 Y668

Christmas trees at McD’s! Nothing says Christmas like having your living room decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree. Here at McD’s we look to offer the best range of artificial Christmas trees in Ireland at the best possible value. We deliver across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

https://www.mcds.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/McDs.ie/photos/a.1424091351136509/2789725797906384/

 

Connemara Gifts at Peacockes Hotel Maam Cross

Free Local Collection

Gift Wrapping Available

A family run gift shop based in the heart of Connemara, selling a wide range of carefully selected Irish giftware

email cg@peacockes.ie,

Phone 091 552 306

https://www.peacockes.ie/

 

Lydons Carpets and Flooring

Moycullen, Co. Galway.

Open for all essential trade

Phone -091 555962

Email- lydonscarpets@gmail.com

http://www.lydons.ie/

 

 

Tom Dempsey Flooring

Our measurement services continues for new builds, extensions and unoccupied homes and businesses

Click and collect in operation

Contactless delivery remains fully operational

Phone- 091 795777

Email- sales.tdflooring@gmail.com

http://www.tomdempseyflooring.ie/

 

 

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones

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These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.

CONNACHT TRIBUNE OBITUARY TRIBUTE

All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to news@ctribune.ie or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at salesadmin@ctribune.ie

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King reigns supreme with Connemara roots!

Stephen Corrigan

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John King in full flow on CNN during the US Presidential election.

‘Heart-warming’ is how CNN’s John King describes the outpouring of affection he’s received from these shores over the past couple of weeks, since the news network’s Chief National Correspondent confirmed that his family heritage is firmly rooted in Connemara.

While the bookies have been busy taking bets on when Joe Biden will touch down on Irish soil, anticipation has been building in Galway for the return of one of its own – the man who had the undivided attention of countless Irish households over the course of a painstaking US election count that gripped the world.

Speaking to the Connacht Tribune from his home in Washington DC this week, King says the response he’s had from Irish viewers has taken him by surprise, but provided some much-needed comic relief amid hours of gruelling live television coverage.

“It has surprised me, and some of it is my own doing, in that I responded to a ‘is John King Irish?’ Tweet. When I’m in the live TV craziness, every now and then when I have two minutes, I just look for comic relief. I was flipping through Twitter and I said ‘always’, so I decided to just type it,” he laughs.

“That’s just me trying to find 30 seconds of comic relief or normalcy or fun in the madness of the election.”

It was later that he told someone else on Twitter that ‘it all begins in Doonloughan’ starting a flurry of interest in the veteran journalist.

He has since revealed that his grandparents, Christy ‘Festy’ King and Bridget Joyce, were from North Connemara, making their respective journeys to Boston in the early 1900s.

Read the full interview with CNN’s John King in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. Or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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