The latest news as of 5.45pm on Thursday 13 August, from Gov.ie
92 cases confirmed:
- the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has not been notified of any additional deaths from COVID-19
- there have been 1,774 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland
- 92 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
- there have now been 26,929 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland
- validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 26,929 reflects this
Special advice for those living in Kildare, Laois and Offaly - Friday 7 August 2020, from Gov.ie
From: Department of Health
Published at: 7 August 2020
Last updated 11 August 2020
These measures are in place to protect the vulnerable in Kildare, Laois and Offaly, as well as to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The measures are in place from midnight Friday 7 August until midnight Sunday 23 August.
The situation will then be reviewed.
Measures in Kildare, Laois and Offaly
Travel and transport
If you live in Kildare, Laois or Offaly you should only travel within your county.
The only exceptions to this are:
- to travel to work and home again. Work from home if you can
- to travel for work purposes
- to attend medical appointments and collect medicines or other health products
- for vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people. Do not travel for social family visits
- for farming reasons, such as food production or to care for animals
- to return home to Kildare, Laois or Offaly
- to leave Kildare, Laois or Offaly to return home
Where possible, do not share your car or other private vehicles with people from outside your household.
Do not use public transport unless it is absolutely necessary.
If you live outside these counties, do not travel to them. You can pass through these counties to get to a county that does not have local measures in place.
Public health measures
You should continue do the things that will protect yourself and others. This is the best way of interrupting the transmission of the virus:
- wash your hands properly and often
- cover coughs and sneezes
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- regularly clean and disinfect surfaces
- keep a safe distance of 2 metres from other people
- wear cloth face coverings when using public transport, in shops, shopping centres or any indoor setting where physical distancing cannot be maintained
- know and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
- if you have symptoms, self-isolate and phone your GP straight away to get tested for COVID-19
- download the COVID Tracker app
- minimise your number of close contacts as much as possible
- keep a record of your daily contacts to help with contact tracing if you are diagnosed with COVID-19
- stay informed through trusted information sources and follow official public health advice.
Economic activity and work
Anyone in these counties who can work from home should work from home.
Limit all indoor gatherings to a maximum of 6 people from no more than 3 households. Maintain physical distancing at all times.
Limit outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 15 people. Maintain physical distancing at all times.
Cafes, restaurants and bars that serve food
All cafes and restaurants, including bars that serve food, can only offer:
- take-away food
- outdoor dining (maximum 15 people with strict physical distancing)
Venues and services
These will be closed:
- cinemas and theatres
- betting shops
- bingo halls
- leisure centres
- swimming pools
- exercise and dance studios
These will remain open:
- education and childcare services
- outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks
- all retail and personal services, including hairdressers
- hotels but only for essential (non-social and non-tourist) reasons - existing guests can remain for the duration of their booking
No sporting events or matches can take place.
The only exceptions to this are for:
- non-contact training, but only outdoors with a maximum group of 15 people
- professional and elite sports and horse-racing may continue behind closed doors
- inter-county training and fixtures, but only behind closed doors with a maximum group of 15 people
Churches and other places of worship
Churches and other places of worship can only remain open for private prayer. Services will be available online.
A maximum of 25 people can attend a funeral service, burial or cremation ceremony. A maximum of 6 people can attend indoor events related to the funeral.
Hospitals, nursing homes, long-term residential care facilities and prisons
Visits to hospitals, nursing homes, long-term residential care facilities and prisons are suspended. The only exceptions to this are for compassionate circumstances. For example, end of life.
The impact of COVID-19 on society in general and especially those living in nursing homes has been considerable. We recognise that the proposed physical distancing measures and restrictions on visiting, while introduced for the overarching public health good and for the protection of people, including those most at risk, have an unprecedented impact on people’s daily lives, and recommending them is on foot of considered reflection of the potential risk at this time.
As previously planned, the serial testing programme in nursing homes has recommenced on a fortnightly basis, with a focus on ensuring that facilities in Kildare, Laois and Offaly are tested early in the programme.
Over 70 or medically vulnerable
People living in Kildare, Laois and Offaly who are over 70 years of age or medically vulnerable should take extra care to protect themselves.
This means you should:
- stay at home as much as possible
- limit interactions to a very small network for short periods of time, while following physical distancing guidelines
- not use public transport unless it is absolutely necessary
- if exercising outdoors, keep a 2 metre distance from others and wash your hands when you get home
- only shop during designated hours and wear a face covering. Shop online or ask family, friends and neighbours to leave shopping at your door and follow physical distancing guidelines
If these options are not available to you, you can contact your local authority who are working with local organisations to make sure that people have access to food, essential household supplies and medicines.
When to wear face coverings and how to make them, from Gov.ie
From Department of Health
Wearing of cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from spreading it to others.
If you wear one, you should still do the important things necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.
- washing your hands properly and often
- covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
- not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- physical distancing (keeping at least 2 metres away from other people)
Cloth face coverings
A cloth face covering is a material you wear that covers the nose and mouth.
Wearing a cloth face covering in public may reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It may help to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets from people infected with COVID-19.
Cloth face coverings may help to stop people who are not aware they have the virus from spreading it.
If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms of the virus, you must self-isolate. Do this even if you wear a face covering.
When to wear one
Face coverings must be worn in the following locations:
- shops, including pharmacies
- shopping centres
- cinemas and cinema complexes
- concert halls
- bingo halls
- nail salons
- hair salons and barbers
- tattoo and piercing parlours
- travel agents and tour operators
- laundries and dry cleaners
- betting shops and bookmakers
Wearing of face coverings is also recommended in the following circumstances:
- by people visiting the homes of those who are over 70 years of age or who are medically vulnerable
- by people who are being visited in their homes by those who are over 70 years of age or who are medically vulnerable
The vast majority of people are already wearing face coverings in shops. Shop owners and managers of premises should engage with people entering or in their premises to inform them that they need to wear face coverings and should promote compliance.
To date the Gardaí have adopted an approach of engaging with the public to educate and encourage people to abide by the measures in place and to only use enforcement as a last resort.
The penalty on conviction for not wearing a face covering is up to €2,500 and/or 6 months in prison, but the expectation is that the vast majority of customers will comply and that penalties would only arise in very rare cases.
Posters on use of face coverings are available in English and Irish and can be downloaded here.
What they are made from
Cloth face coverings are made from materials such as cotton, silk, or linen.
You can buy them or make them at home using items such as scarfs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
Who should not wear one
Cloth face coverings are not suitable for children under the age of 13 and anyone who:
- has trouble breathing
- is unconscious or incapacitated
- is unable to remove it without help
- has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the face covering
Do not criticise or judge people who are not able to wear a face covering.
Download the COVID Tracker App, from Gov.ie
From Department of Health
COVID Tracker is a free app for your mobile phone. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland.
Using the COVID Tracker app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.
The app can:
- alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
- alert other app users that you were in close contact with, if you test positive for COVID-19
Follow the link below to get the app.
View the Roadmap for reopening, from Gov.ie