Leaving Lockdown : FCP provides a helping hand

Leaving Lockdown : FCP Guide

Yesterday evening (April 29th) Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that Covid-19 restrictions will ease from May 10th, allowing Ireland to being leaving lockdown. In his address to the nation, Mr Martin outlined a detailed plan to reopen the country over the coming weeks and months.

Ireland is in a “better place” with a “degree of normality” returning as vaccines roll out and restrictions ease, Mr Martin said. The easing of restrictions will proceed in two main phases over the course of May and June, with higher-risk activities such as indoor hospitality to be considered at the end of June.


Leaving Lockdown : FCP Guide

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that throughout the COVID19 Pandemic, First Choice Purchasing have remained active in the healthcare sector. This puts us in a unique position to guide businesses as they reopen.

With this in mind, we are here to support you in the reopening of your business this throughout the month of May & June. We understand you may need to a helping hand with placing orders again with suppliers. If you require assistance working with our suppliers or other requirements for a successful reopening, please contact us.

We have successfully introduced new measures that make it easier to place orders and to forecast requirements to safeguard against supply shortages.


Leaving Lockdown : FCP Guide


At First Choice Purchasing, we recognise the need for all of us to unite during this pandemic. We invite you to get in touch with us to see if we can make a real difference in your procurement costs.

Heres what you can expect over the next few weeks.

From 4 May

Activity Guidance
Construction All construction can restart
Outdoor workers Workers who work outdoors (for example: window cleaning, maintenance work) can return to work

From 10 May

Activity Guidance
Travel You can travel between counties in Ireland
Visitors to your garden Maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households
Outdoor gatherings Maximum 15 people
Outdoor training Maximum 15 people
Retail Click and collect services can restart by appointment and outdoor retail can recommence
Personal services (hairdressers, barbers, beauticians) Can reopen for customers with appointments only
Galleries, museums, libraries and other cultural attractions Can reopen
Funerals Maximum 50 mourners at service. No other events to take place
Weddings Maximum 50 guests at service. Maximum 6 guests at indoor reception or 15 outdoors
Public transport Public transport will run at 50 percent capacity
Property viewings By appointment only with licensed Property Service Providers
Vaccine bonus If you are vaccinated – you can visit other households indoors

From 17 May

Activity Guidance
Retail All remaining retail can reopen

From 2 June (subject to the public health situation at the time)

Activity Guidance
Accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels) Can reopen but services must be restricted to overnight guests and residents

From 7 June (subject to the public health situation at the time)

Activity Guidance
Visitors You can have visitors from one other household inside your home
Restaurants and bars Outdoor services can resume with groups limited to 6 people
Weddings Maximum guests at reception increases to 25
Outdoor sports matches Can be played but with no spectators
Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres Can reopen for individual training only