COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources
COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. The Government is leading the response in Ireland to this national public health risk and providing up to date information and advice at www.gov.ie. Key documents are:
Work Safely Protocol
The Work Safely Protocol is the 3rd revision of the Return to Work Safely Protocol first published in May 2020. It is a general document that applies to all work sectors. The Protocol incorporates the current advice on Public Health measures needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community and workplaces. It sets out the minimum measures required to facilitate the re-opening of workplaces following temporary closures, and the ongoing safe operation of those workplaces. The latest technical updates include the inclusion of new symptoms associated with the Delta variant of COVID-19 and additional information on ventilation, and vaccinations.
Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting
On the 31st August 2021 the Government published Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting. This plan sets out the public health restrictions that will be eased in the coming months, in particular during September and October. Returning to the workplace for specific business requirements can commence on a phased and staggered attendance basis from 20th September see LEEF Guidance Note 7th Sept.
To support preparing for the return to the workplace, additional checklists covering return to the office, ventilation and antigen testing are available.
NOTE: 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, published on gov.ie. This includes the Work Safely Protocol and Reframing the Challenge, Continuing our Recovery and Reconnecting plan. This latest plan from Government outlines the careful re-opening of the economy with a gradual easing of restrictions taking place during September, followed by a substantial lifting of restrictions on 22nd October.
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