Information for Accommodation Centre Residents on COVID-19
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth understands that this is a stressful and worrying time for everyone and we want to assure accommodation centre residents that their safety and wellbeing is our priority.
To that end, a wide range of measures have been put in place across the accommodation network to address any COVID-19 related issues should they arise. These measures were implemented in collaboration with the HSE and informed by regional public health officials and infection control teams.
The measures, which are kept under regular review by a joint HSE/DCEDIY monitoring group, include:
provision for self-isolation facilities in Centres and offsite self-isolation at HSE and IPAS isolation facilities
increased capacity to support physical and social distancing
enhanced cleaning regimes and provision of PPE
regular communications and information, translated into several languages, on public health advice to residents and centre managers
cocooning of all medically vulnerable and over 65 residents
HSE Accommodation scheme for healthcare workers
Accommodation Centres are shared by people from many different backgrounds and faiths. A significant event for Muslim residents is the holy month of Ramadan, which commenced on 13 April and lasted until 12 May. Centre managers took measures to adapt the daily running of centres to accommodate the needs of both Muslim and non-Muslim residents during Ramadan with an emphasis on mutual respect, tolerance and peaceful cohabitation.
Centres put measures in place to support residents:
to accommodate meal times or preparation facilities for those who were fasting
to make sure that people had a space to pray in a way that was safe and complied with the public health advice and social distancing guidelines
to provide information on virtual alternatives to traditional gatherings for prayer and Iftar
Due to the risk of virus transmission, current restrictions and controls per HSE and Centre guidelines will remain in place. This means that there can be no external visitors or communal gatherings. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this to ensure the safety and health of all our residents and staff.
IPAS Living with COVID-19 Plan
COVID-19 Guidelines for IPAS Accommodation Centres - 17 May 2021