People urged not to leave their homes
The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Health, Simon Harris, have issued strict guidelines for people to stay at home from midnight tonight (Friday).
The main rule is to STAY AT HOME. The only times you can leave your home are:
to travel to or from work if you are providing an essential service
to shop for food
to collect medical prescriptions and medical supplies and attend medical appointments
to carry out vital services like caring (including family carers)
for brief individual exercise – within 2 kilometres of your house. (You can bring children but must keep 2 metres away from others for social distancing)
You should not hold any private or public functions and this includes family functions for family who don’t live in the same house.
All community centres will close. All public transport will be restricted to those carrying out essential travel for the reasons outlined above.
All non-essential businesses will close.
Shielding or coccooning of older and vulnerable people will come into place where they should not leave the house and arrange for others check on them and to bring shopping and medicines. There is a guide to cocooning here.
Except for the reasons above; you should not travel more than 2 kilometres from your home
Update for PPN Members
GARDA PRESS RELEASE
An Garda Síochána is in the process of hiring additional vehicles to provide additional mobility to our members nationwide to provide increased community support and community engagement across the country.
Speaking today Deputy Commissioner Twomey stated that As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated. An Garda Síochána has always worked closely with our communities and we continue to do so in these extraordinary times.
An Garda Síochána continue to urge families, neighbours and community groups to engage with people in line with social distancing guidelines.
As an organisation, Gardaí across the country are being asked to actively identify those persons most at need, particularly those with limited local family or social support. In these cases An Garda Síochána will assist.
These contingency vehicles will be used to maintain personal interactions and where needed to assist and support people, which may include collecting medical prescriptions, attending hospital appointments and other supports they may need. They are not primary response vehicles.
An Garda Síochána will also use these opportunities to link identified people into local, national and state services where appropriate.
Any person with these concerns for themselves or for a neighbour should contact their local Garda station, Contact details, including email contact, for all Garda stations can be found on the Garda website or in any phonebook.
An Garda Síochána has established a COVID-19 National Co-Ordination Unit operating from Garda Headquarters under Deputy Commissioner Twomey, Policing and security to co-ordinate and manage a strategic Garda response to this dynamic situation. Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security currently chairs daily meetings with Regional Commanders and Heads of Section monitoring the evolving position.
Kevin Daly, Superintendent
Community Engagement & Public Safety