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# covid-19 restrictions

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# Beijing
China further relaxes Covid rules after protests
Several cities have begun loosening restrictions such as moving away from daily mass testing requirements.
# facemasks
Customer fails in facemask discrimination case against €1 million lotto shop
When asked by the shop owner whether or not he would wear a mask in the shop, Paul Kinsella refused.
# Coronavirus
New restrictions not on cards despite 'significant increase' in hospital cases, Donnelly says
The number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital has more than doubled in a fortnight.
# Culture
Push to recruit events staff as industry tries to keep up with post-Covid demand
Last weekend, some event attendees reported lengthy waits in queues for food or drink.
# emergency powers
Covid-19 powers allowing Government to impose legal restrictions to be let lapse tomorrow
However, healthcare workers are warning that a surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations is pressuring on the sector.
# covid fine
EU citizen allowed challenge fine he received while travelling during Covid restrictions
The man brought the challenge to the high court after being fined €2,000 for travelling abroad.
# Stormont Executive
All Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland to be lifted from tomorrow
Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, Robin Swann, made the announcement this evening.
# covid-19 protest
Anti-restrictions protesters try to storm Bulgarian parliament
A heavy police presence prevented protesters from entering the building in Sofia.
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# household visits
No more than four households to meet inside homes in coming weeks, public advised
Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced a number of new Covid restrictions this evening.
# working 9 to 5
Employers demanding workers return to office could face ‘legal risk’ in cases of medical concerns
Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential work are easing from today.
Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential work are easing from today and lifting fully on 22 October.
Employers will need to engage with employees who have concerns in a "reasonable fashion", according to an employment lawyer.
Office workers have mixed feelings about returning to the workplace, Lauren Boland reports.
Has the working week changed forever? Or will it be business as usual after the pandemic?
New poll shows most office workers want to work from home 2 to 3 days per week post-pandemic
# in the works
Are you satisfied with how your workplace is handling reopening? We want to hear your story
Public health restrictions on work are easing from Monday. What does that mean for you?
# Keep an ear out
Entertainment Industry group 'disappointed' after meeting with Minister
Musicians and entertainers want the government to set a timeline for when live events can return.
# covid-19 committee
Roadmap to be published for 'easing or removal' of last Covid restrictions
The roadmap for an end of Covid-19 restrictions will be published by the end of August.
# Public Health
Northern Ireland won't follow England's approach to easing restrictions, says deputy first minister
Michelle O’Neill branded the UK Government’s approach to removing restrictions “reckless”.
# reopening
Pubs challenge government to open indoor hospitality by 1 July
The government is expected to lay out plans for the next stage of easing restrictions this week.
# spanish lockdown
Street parties held to celebrate end of Spain’s state of emergency
Local restaurants will be able to serve dinner again from Sunday and can stay open until 11pm.
# restrictions
Covid-19 restrictions set to be eased slightly from tomorrow
People will be able to travel within their own county for non-essential purposes.
# covid-19 restrictions
Organisers of vigil for Sarah Everard take legal action over ‘about-face by police’
Scotland Yard said it understands the ‘public’s strength of feeling’ and remains in discussion with organisers about whether a gathering can be held.
# grafton st
'We will bring perpetrators to justice': Anti-lockdown protest condemned after injuries and arrests
Three gardaí were injured at the Dublin protest this afternoon, with one needing hospital treatment.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, People Before Profit has not organised a 'pro-lockdown' rally
A false flyer advertising a pro-lockdown rally has been incorrectly attributed to People Before Profit and Le Chéile.
# reopening
Construction and retail likely to be industries ‘first on list’ to return when case numbers ease
Professor Philip Nolan has said that Ireland is looking at a summer where we “make the most of the outdoors”.
# Lockdown
Restrictions for March to be set out 'with clarity' this week, minister says
Legislation on mandatory hotel quarantine is due to come before the Dáil this week.
# Travel
DUP says a two-island approach to international travel is worth 'exploring'
The party’s leader said there was “scope for cooperation” on a joint approach between Ireland and the UK.
# restrictions
'Major reopening' of economy in March unlikely, says Taoiseach
Ireland may be moving towards a phased reopening of education.
# Penalties
Shebeen shut down at industrial premises in Swords
Gardaí found alcohol, beer kegs, taps, cash, and bar stools during a search.
# Foster Care
Cases document foster children facing stress and isolation during Covid-19 restrictions
Social workers, parents, foster carers and children have experienced additional stress in the last six months.
# Lockdown
Advocacy groups to meet Education Minister tomorrow over closure of special education schools
Disability advocates have said that the closure of schools “left families and children with special educational needs reeling”.
# Police
Twelve arrested at anti-lockdown protest in London
The protest took place after London mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” as the spread of coronavirus threatens to “overwhelm” hospitals.
# Maternity services
HSE to allow partners of pregnant women to attend 20-week scan
Correspondence from women to the Department of Health have shown the distress the Covid-19 restriction caused.
# Counting on friends
NPHET dismissed proposal for six-month restriction limiting number of social contacts to six
The proposed plan would have allowed young adults living at home to have a group of six contacts separate from their parents.
Confusion sown by UK ministers over rules for England's lockdown
New rules are coming into effect in England on Thursday in an effort to control the spread of Covid-19.
# Covid-19
Increasingly worried, supportive of restrictions: What opinion poll findings tell us about Ireland's perception of the pandemic
The latest public opinion survey shows that more people are worried about Covid-19.
Ransomware and remote working: If Twitter can be breached, then every company must be vigilant
Jacky Fox of Accenture Security outlines the security threats posed to busineses at the moment and offers some advice on how to handle this growing criminal activity.
# flexible solutions
Yoga instructors: 'We are basically starting from scratch as an industry'
Yoga studio owners say social distancing will stretch the sector to its limits.
# Leaving lockdown
Pubs, churches and cafes: Looking ahead to what to expect in Phase Three
As Ireland continues to re-open, the exact nature of Phase Three and Phase Four is being planned.
# UK
Boris Johnson calls for 'proper marshalling' at train stations to stop crowding on public transport
Ministers have defended the easing of lockdown restrictions in England amid signs of confusion.
# Covid-19
Cabinet told there are no indications that virus levels are low enough to ease restrictions on 5 May
The plan to lift restrictions will be discussed by Cabinet on Friday.