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Taoiseach confirms no change to current two metre social distancing rules

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has reaffirmed there’s no change to the two metre social distancing rule introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19.

It follows yesterday’s Cabinet meeting which saw some ministers raise the potential of reducing it to one metre, in line with WHO guidelines.

A meeting will take place between Cabinet Minister’s and the Chief Medical Officer next week, which will focus on general public health advice.

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly believes the two metre rule’s something that needs to be looked at…

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Major increase of public movement in Galway following phase one reopening of country

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Driving activity is on the rise in Galway as the county moves further into phase one of the pandemic reopening roadmap.

That’s according to new data from Google that shows personal and public transport is on the rise again after a major drop following the implementation of lockdown measures in April.

Data collected from smartphones shows the percentage of people heading to work, using public transport, shopping and exercising from lockdown to reopening, compared to normal travel patterns in January.

According to the research, the number of people using public transport in Galway saw a 71 per cent fall in April as strict lockdown measures were enacted and travel was limited to essential journeys only.

As the phase one of the reopening of the country progresses, that level has increased to just 15 per cent less than normal.

April also saw a drop of over 50 per cent in people traveling to work, with that number increasing in May, but still lying at less than 40 per cent of normal.

Nationally, In terms of workplaces, activity in counties Carlow, Laois, Offaly, Longford, Roscommon and Tipperary is among the highest in the country – at around 70 percent of normal.

With the majority of people asked to stay at home and only to travel within 2 kilometers to exercise for the majority of the lockdown, residential travel jumped by one fifth and has seen little change so far.

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Debenhams workers to hold demonstration at Bank Of Ireland at Eyre Square

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Debenhams workers are to hold a demonstration at the Bank of Ireland branch at Eyre Square tomorrow.

It comes as Debenhams employees nationwide received redundancy notices last week from the liquidator.

The group argues they are being let go without being paid any redundancy after years of service and says Bank of Ireland is a part owner of the Debenhams parent company, and as such has a stake in the way the matter is dealt with.

Similar demonstrations will be held at BOI branches in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Newbridge.

Employees have argued Bank of Ireland played a part in liquidating this company and has a choice to invest in jobs to get through the pandemic or pay redundancy packages.

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Free online counselling service launched for Galway family carers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

A free online counselling service has been launched for family carers in Galway to support them during the covid crisis.

The Family Carers Ireland, Galway/Mayo resource centre has created the online supports in lieu of its usual face-to-face services.

There are over 20 thousand family carers in Galway, who take considerable pressure off the health service by caring for loved-one at home.

A recent study has revealed that 48 percent of carers are diagnosed with a mental illness, while 68 percent say their mental health has suffered as a result of their role as a family carer.

The free online resources include expert Covid-19 advice, an emergency care plan booklet, tailored virtual training videos and an intensive carer support programme.

To avail of the free supports simple ring the national careline on 1800 240724.

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