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Public Health Measures in place until 12 April to prevent spreading COVID-19

Published: 1 April 2020
From: Department of Health and Department of the Taoiseach

Until 12 April, everyone is urged to stay in their home wherever possible. Staying at home is the best way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to your friends, families and communities.

Stay at home

There are exceptions for some workers in key businesses but for the majority of people, the rule is simple: Stay at home.

This is the best way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to your friends, families and communities.

You can buy food and attend medical appointments and even get out for some exercise but you are being asked to stay in your home as much as possible.

You cannot arrange a gathering with anybody you do not live with.

Measures called 'cocooning' have been put in place for those over 70 years of age and those who are extremely medically vulnerable to COVID-19. This is where they stay inside and isolate as much as possible.

The only reasons you can leave your home

Stay at home in all circumstances, except in the following situations:

Essential services, shops, banks and post offices

Health services

  • all non-essential surgery, health procedures and other non-essential health services are postponed
  • all visits to hospitals, residential healthcare centres, other residential settings or prisons are stopped with specific exemptions on compassionate grounds
  • pharmacists are to be allowed by law to dispense medicines outside the dates spelled out in prescriptions according to their own professional judgement

Transport and Travel

Travel restrictions will be implemented as follows:

  • there will be a nationwide restriction on travel outside of 2 kilometres from your home, except for the restrictions listed above
  • public transport and passenger travel will be restricted to those who are buying food or medicines, carers, going to medical appointments and essential workers
  • travel to Ireland's offshore islands is limited only to residents of those islands
  • local authorities will relax on-street parking laws to meet the travel needs of essential workers
  • the arrival of personal non-national maritime leisure vessels is banned (except to exceptions as 'port in a storm')

The measures above will be reflected in the regulations to be made under the Health (Preservation and Protection and Other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2000 and will be enforced by the Garda Síochána.

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