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    Easing of COVID measures in Europe outside the UK

    When England lifted all restrictions in July, leaving Ireland was punishable by a €2,000 fine and indoor dining was prohibited. By the point Ireland and England both reintroduced restrictions in November/December, Ireland had barely opened any further than England did in May. There was no...
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    Easing of COVID measures in Europe outside the UK

    To the best of my knowledge, Ireland doesn't have and never has had a legal requirement to self isolate after a positive test or as a close contact - it is guidance that is misrepresented as law.
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    Easing of restrictions in Northern Ireland

    I must say that it was hilarious to see Translink's (Ulsterbus/NI Railways/Metro) messaging on face coverings on social media change over the space of three days as the house of cards collapsed, complete with an increasing number of "laugh" reactions and sarcastic comments under each post. 27th...
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    Easing of restrictions in Northern Ireland

    It was introduced because an absolutely massive number of people were claiming to be exempt from wearing a face covering. I can honestly say that compliance with mask wearing on daytime buses and trains in Belfast in October was regularly lower than it was on nighttime Underground services in...
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    Easing of Covid rules in England, including removal of "plan B" measures

    How could this possibly be enforced? Both in general terms of enforcement, and without stigmatising as "infected" those who choose to continue wearing a mask? It would be even less enforceable than the current requirement to stay at home after testing positive.
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    Easing of restrictions in Northern Ireland

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that a two-phase lifting of restrictions in Northern Ireland over the coming week is under consideration, as follows: The easing has now been agreed, with the only changes being that the easings take place at 12 noon rather than midnight; and the legal limit of 30...
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    Vaccine passport disaster in Scotland

    Thankfully only until next Wednesday, as it is expected to be announced today that vaccine passports will only be required for nightclubs and large indoor events from that date; with their complete removal expected in mid-February. I wonder if this will make Nicola more or less likely to extend...
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    Omicron variant and the measures implemented in response to it

    And of course as the Conditions of Carriage state that exemptions apply, in practice they can't even do that, unless you admit that you simply don't want to wear one.
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    Rail & Sail ticket to Dublin via Holyhead

    It doesn't. It was suspended temporarily in March 2020, and at some stage in mid-2021 was quietly discontinued permanently. Do not trust Transport for Ireland for information on any bus service other than Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann. It is often hideously out of date.
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    Rail & Sail ticket to Dublin via Holyhead

    If you're travelling with Stena Line, remember that if you wish to use the bus service from Dublin Port to the City Centre, you must now buy your ticket (£3) on board the ship at Guest Services - there are no on board ticket sales on the bus. If you are planning to take a train to Limerick...
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    Rail & Sail ticket to Dublin via Holyhead

    Ireland was in lockdown and SailRail was suspended until July 2021. It had a ban on non-essential foreign travel until the same time with the possibility of fines for breaching it, and those who did travel were required to self isolate for 14 days regardless of vaccination status - none of which...
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    Rail & Sail ticket to Dublin via Holyhead

    Stena Line have suspended Rail and Sail via Cairnryan again. https://www.stenaline.ie/ferries-to-britain/rail-sail
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    Rail & Sail ticket to Dublin via Holyhead

    Waiting. The ferries are not full, someone has forgotten to load the quota of Sail and Rail tickets into the railway system. I believe Transport for Wales are responsible for this, so they may be the ones to contact. I am unsure what the Irish Ferries freight manager would be able to do for...
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    Omicron variant and the measures implemented in response to it

    I assume they will be retained on public transport and in retail only (as was the case from 30 Nov - 10 Dec) and removed elsewhere, with a nebulous claim that Plan B was only introduced on 10 Dec and the restrictions have returned to what they were on 9 Dec. Either that or the regulations will...
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    Omicron variant and the measures implemented in response to it

    The Times is reporting that face masks will likely remain legally required beyond January 26th. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uk-covid-update-says-masks-will-stay-but-vaccine-passports-face-axe-hs72fvd7n
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    Omicron variant and the measures implemented in response to it

    Am I mistaken or was this not also being reported in the run up to July 19th, only for them to cease to be mandatory but remain recommended? 1642357494 Next election in the Republic can be as late as February 2025 - although I struggle to see the current government lasting that long. The...
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    Omicron variant and the measures implemented in response to it

    In Ireland? The country where you regularly see people wearing masks whilst walking alone in the countryside, and bus drivers wear them whilst driving completely empty buses? The country where you still need to queue in the rain to enter businesses because everybody needs to keep six feet...
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    Where will we be able to go Abroad restriction free from May 17th ?

    While promising, the questions I would be asking are: Will "fully vaccinated" be redefined as three doses? And if yes, will there be three tiers of travel restrictions; or will people who have received two doses be considered wholly unvaccinated and barred from foreign travel (other than to...
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    Omicron variant and the measures implemented in response to it

    Freer. It's far from free compared to England; or even Scotland or Wales.

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