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 Department of Health is leading the government response in Ireland to COVID-19 and are providing up to date COVID-19 public health information and guidance.
The Return to Work Safely Protocol is designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace when the economy begins to slowly open up, following the temporary closure of most businesses during the worst phase of the current pandemic.
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