COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

A novel (new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans was identified in December 2019. The virus is called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease that it causes is called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The Government is leading the response in Ireland to this national public health risk and providing up to date information and advice at

The Work Safely Protocol is a revision of the Return to Work Safely Protocol published in May 2020. The revised Protocol incorporates the current advice on the Public Health measures needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community and workplaces as issued by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), the Department of Health and Government.

NOTE:On the 19th October, the Government announced that from midnight Wednesday 21st October the country will be placed on Level 5 of the Resilience & Recovery Plan 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19, the highest level in the plan, for a 6 week period. While every effort is made to keep the information and advice contained on these webpages current, business owners/employers/employees need to adhere to the specific Government requirements and public health advice under the relevant level as outlined in the Resilience & Recovery plan and updates published on

For information on the impact of COVID-19 on accreditation and conformity assessment, please click here