Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Government announced swathe of new restrictions

Government announced swathe of new restrictions

Speaking today, he said further social distancing measures need to be implemented to further slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Announcing the new measures at a press conference this Tuesday afternoon, Taoiseach Varadker said that all theatres, pubs, clubs, leisure centres, gyms, hairdressers, betting offices, casinos, bingo halls, libraries and other similar outlets are to shut.

All non-essential retail outlets are to close to the public from midnight tonight.

"All cafes and restaurants should limit supply to take away and delivery only", he said.

All churches and other places of worship are to restrict the number of people attending. All playground and holiday caravan parks are closed. "All sporting events are cancelled, including those held behind closed doors".

In relation to public transport, people are advised to only use it if absolutely necessary.

"The Gardai will increase interventions where venues are not complying with or groups of people are not complying with social distancing", he said.

He said factories and construction sites could remain open, if they maintained social distancing. Social gatherings outdoors should be limited to no more than four people unless they are from the same household.

"I'm asking you to stay at home if at all possible".

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That is the best way to slow the virus, ensure our hospitals are not overwhelmed and buy us the time we need to build more capacity - testing, contact tracing, beds, ventilators. - People should only leave their homes to go to shops for essential supplies; medical or dental appointments; to care for others; or to take physical exercise.

All previous measures announced by the government have been extended to Sunday April 19th.

"We are in this for long haul", he stressed. This could go on for weeks or months.

The latest case involved a male in the east of the country.

The scheme will provide support on incomes up to €76,000, or twice average earnings. First payments will be made on Friday.

The COVID emergency payment is to be increased to €350 a week, as will illness benefit with the chance for companies to top that up further.

A Wage Subsidy Scheme will also be put in place aimed at encouraging employers to keep workers on their payroll.

This will be capped at €38,000 salary a year or €410 a week from the government.

The Cabinet this morning approved emergency measures to freeze rents, prevent evictions, make it easier for healthcare professionals to re-register and return to work and allow former members to return at rank they left, under an approved framework agreement with private hospitals, which will operate as public hospitals for duration of the emergency.

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