Ireland lockdown road map

corkycat

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Have been trying to pick the bones out of the Irish government's road map for easing the lockdown in the Republic. I have two holidays booked in Cavan this year and though I am less than 10% hopeful them happening, I am still looking for any positives in the situation over there. As it stands at the moment I need to know two things; 1: At which point in the road map will the two-week isolation period for visitors to the country be lifted? 2: Will I be able to access my self-catering accommodation (I am travelling alone).

I'm not too bothered about pubs and restaurants remaining closed as I am already resigned to staying in my digs each night, with my own supply of food and canned Guinness,

Any thoughts or opinions would be welcome; especially from any Irish MDs reading this. Thanks.
 

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The restrictions are lifting on fishing (and other other sports where social distancing can be implemented) in Phase 1 (18th May).
Re-opening of hotels, hostels, caravan parks, holiday parks for social and tourist activities (on a limited basis) in Phase 3 (20th July).

That's with everything going to plan. These dates may be pushed further down the road if targets are not met.


I don't think there is an enforced isolation period for visitors (just an advised one) but I'm not sure on that. That may change too.

Once countries start to eventually get on top of this I think there will be a negative public perception on people entering non-essentially from foreign shores. There already is to some extent here in that we've had news reporters at the ports picturing tourists etc.. Just keep an eye on that.
 

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Thanks for that. Regarding your last paragraph, it has just occurred to me that if I sail from Liverpool to Belfast (rather than my planned Holyhead to Dublin), then I would be landing on "British" soil and would therefore be able to drive across NI and enter the Republic via the invisible border at Belturbet- which is where I am staying!
 

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You don't say when you hope to come over, but your plan to come Belfast may be a better option. That said, I don't know what the restrictions are in Northern Ireland !
 

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Thanks for forwarding that article, though it doesn't look too good! Did you read the comment from the reader questioning the logic of arrivals at Dublin having to self-isolate for two weeks, whilst at the same time you can cross the border without any restriction. Doesn't make any sense to me either. To be honest I think I'd feel guilty about staying in say, Enniskillen, and then sneaking over the border every day to fish around Belturbet.
 

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Wait and see is all you can do. I don't think anybody really know what it will be like in a couple of months. (y)
 

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I think you have overlooked the mileage restriction to venues, which won't be relaxed until after 20th July when there will be no limit.Not sure of situation with ferries at moment .Muckno festivals have just been cancelled up to end of August .Keep an eye on the situation but probably August ,September October look most promising at moment
 

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So many anglers are asking questions about when or where they can or can’t go fishing during the lockdown, so we’ve done our best to compile a summary of the guidance issued to date by the Irish Government and various authorities (some of this information still requires clarification from Government and we will update accordingly).
The 5-Phase ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business’ plan, as published on May 1st, has clarified that recreational angling will be allowed again in a normal manner as of May 18th, i.e. you can go for as long as you want within your distance limit, whilst abiding by social distancing guidelines. Until then, angling will continue to be permitted as part of your daily exercise, meaning you can practice it for 1-1.5 hours per day within 2km of your home. This distance limit will increase to 5km from May 5th and increase to 20km from June 8th (see below).
Despite the relaxation of restrictions on angling and other recreational activities such as golf, angling will still be classed as n̲o̲n̲-̲e̲s̲s̲e̲n̲t̲i̲a̲l̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲v̲e̲l̲. As for all other non-essential travel, you will not be permitted to travel further than these distances to go fishing. If you don't have fishing opportunities within the 5km or 20km distance of your home then you will, unfortunately, not be allowed to go fishing until July 20th at the earliest.
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???? ?????? ???? ???? – angling allowed as normal, with no distance restrictions, following social distancing guidelines
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Irish angling licence and permit sales have been suspended and Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has closed all state managed fisheries. Currently, all waters managed by the ESB and Waterways Ireland are also closed for recreational activities, including angling. Angling is also not permitted inside large parks or reserves. We await clarification as to when these venues will re-open but it may be from May 18th onwards.
??????? ????????? (classed as ‘outdoor public amenities’) appear to be permitted to reopen to customers from May 18th onwards, but customers must follow the distance-from-home guidelines relevant to them (cannot visit if outside your 5/20km limit) and owners must ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to. Reopening of Irish fisheries will likely be on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the owners so please contact them for clarification.
??????? ???????????? are likely to be severely disrupted for the coming months and the latest guidance suggests that it could be July 20th onwards before competitive ‘sporting activities’ are allowed again (soccer, GAA, fishing etc.). We await further clarification on this.
Some ?????? ????? (non-essential retail outlets) are likely to be allowed to reopen their doors to the general public as of Monday June 8th whilst following strict social distancing guidelines. Please support your local tackle shop if you can during these difficult times.
Please remember that, as with all COVID-19 guidance, these dates and guidelines as part of the Irish Government’s Roadmap plan are subject to review and change over the coming weeks and months. We will help clarify any guidance from Inland Fisheries Ireland or other relevant bodies in due course. Hopefully you can go fishing soon. Either way, stay safe.
The 'Roadmap' document can be read here: https://assets.gov.ie/…/ffd17d70fbb64b498fd809dde548f411.pdf
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The restrictions on fishing and other recreational activities in Northern Ireland are stricter to that of the Republic, with no angling permitted as part of ‘daily exercise’. All forms of angling are effectively not permitted under current restrictions in Northern Ireland, with rod licence sales suspended and with all waters falling under Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Loughs Agency and NI Water closed to angling. No specific plan similar to the Irish Government’s ‘Roadmap’ has been issued to date for the UK and NI. Please consult with the NI Direct, Loughs Agency, DAERA and the Angling Trust for up to date guidance and restrictions on recreational angling in UK and NI waters.


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Best to wait and see if the restrictions are lifted in NI with regards to fishing and travelling to go fishing.

There are plenty of police check points around Enniskillen at the moment (I live in Fermanagh) and I don’t think they would be impressed if you were heading south to go fishing.
 

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What we don't want is a situation where soldiers are stationed at every border crossing, looking for unusually large amounts of groundbait and casters.

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