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Irish schools close and workers urged to stay at home amid Covid-19 spread

The country is on lockdown for a fortnight in a bid to tackle the virus.

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Ireland is on lockdown for a fortnight as it deals with the coronavirus outbreak (PA)

Ireland is on lockdown for a fortnight as it deals with the coronavirus outbreak (PA)

Ireland is on lockdown for a fortnight as it deals with the coronavirus outbreak (PA)

Ireland is on lockdown for a fortnight in response to Covid-19.

Here are some of the key measures and recommendations implemented by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday following advice from health officials.

– Schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close from Friday.

– Where possible, teaching will be done online or remotely.

– Cultural institutions like museums and tourist sites will close.

– All indoor gatherings of more than 100 people and outdoor events involving more than 500 people should be cancelled.

Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the restrictions while in Washington (Niall Carson/PA)

– Arrangements are being made to ensure everyone entering Ireland through ports and airports is fully informed and self-isolates if they develop symptoms.

– People should continue to go to work if they can but where possible should work from home.

– To reduce unnecessary face-to-face interaction in the workplace, break times and working times should be staggered and meetings done remotely or by phone.

– Public transport will continue to operate.

– Shops will remain open and there are plans to ensure supply chains will not be interrupted.

– Restaurants, cafes and other businesses can stay open but should look at ways to implement public health advice on social distancing.

– Outside work people should seek to reduce social interactions as much as possible.

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