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Coronavirus rules in Cork and Dublin: What does it mean for students?

Your university adventure is about to begin in Ireland, one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Over the coming years, you’ll be making new friends and having the time of your life! But, we all know things are going to be a bit different for now, with the current pandemic. It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, but it does mean you need to be aware of what you can and can’t do.

Of course, the main thing is keeping things safe for you and those around you. To help make it a little easier, we’ve put together an easy-to-follow list of guidelines for our residences and if you’re out and about in Cork and Dublin

The closer we stick to the rules, the sooner this will all be over and you can head out for that long-awaited pint of Guinness. Trust us, it’ll be worth the wait. 

Our Residences

Cork: Amnis HouseLee PointMelbourn Point

Dublin: Ardcairn HouseKavanagh CourtThe TanneryHighfield ParkBroadstone Hall, New MillDominick Place 

To keep everyone safe and slow the spread of the virus, we need to keep some of the common rooms closed during full lockdown. But when lockdown eases, we’ll keep these shared spaces open as much as possible. This will mean only one person can book them at a time - so if you’re looking to feel the burn in the gym, it’ll have to be a solo session for now. The same applies to study areas, general common rooms, shared kitchens and roof terraces. 

When it comes to cleaning, you can relax as a professional crew will disinfect these rooms every two hours, and staff will be wearing masks through all areas of the building. Busy areas, such as elevators and stairwells will receive even more attention, and there’ll be hand-sanitiser stations throughout the building to keep germs at bay!

And if you’re feeling the strain, don’t worry, as there’ll be online well-being events so you can get to know your fellow residents and keep each other’s spirits up. 

When it comes to deliveries, you can still get all your packages (online shopaholics can breathe easy), they’ll just be stored safely until you’re ready to collect them. 

The Cities of Cork & Dublin 

Contact restrictions

In the current level five lockdown, these rules are pretty strict. You’re only allowed to meet in public with members of your own household unless you are in a support bubble.

And keep in mind there should be at least 2 metres between yourself and anyone you interact with, not including members of your household. Unfortunately, parties and dance events aren’t allowed as of yet, but sticking to the rules means they’ll be back sooner rather than later!

You also won’t be able to meet with anyone indoors who isn’t already a member of your household. This is a blanket restriction, sadly, and means you won’t be able to meet relatives until the lockdown status is reduced. 

Mask requirements

Buy yourself a stylish mask as you’ll be using it a lot. You need to wear it on public transport and in shops, and whenever you interact with anyone who is not in your household unless you have a reasonable excuse, such as medical reasons. It’s a small price to pay to protect people such as bus drivers and off-license staff. 

Alcohol 

You can buy alcoholic drinks from certain pubs and bars that have been granted a special license, but you must be at least 100 metres away from the premises to enjoy your drinks. Your best bet is to plan for drinks at home with a classic movie or a Netflix binge.

Free-time activities

The rule here is that all non-essential businesses are closed to visitors. This includes nightclubs, bars and pubs, except those granted a special license. Also affected are sporting events, theatres, cinemas and other entertainment venues. But, you do have an exercise allowance, so you can visit nearby parks and other outdoor areas - so long as they’re within 5km of your home. In Cork, this means you can walk by the beautiful River Lee and visit Fitzgerald’s Park, plus you’ll find plenty of other relaxing green spaces and sights wherever you’re based!

Restaurants

All restaurants are closed to visitors, but takeaway and delivery services are in operation so there’s no need to miss out on your favourite treat meal. Make your order by phone or online, from a blazing curry to traditional Irish Boxty.   

Religious celebrations

Solo prayers are the way forward for now as religious celebrations are banned under the current Level 5 restrictions. However, at other lockdown levels, some celebrations are allowed.

These restrictions might seem harsh but they’re all about keeping you safe and those around you. Sticking to the rules means a smoother return to normality and you’ll soon be able to enjoy life in Ireland to the fullest.