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 easing of public health restrictions, in particular during September and October. Returning to the workplace can commence on a phased and cautious attendance basis. Where possible, employees should continue to work from home. 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. As outlined in this latest plan, from 22 October 2021, the Government has removed the remaining statutory restrictions. This will mark an important point in how Ireland has managed the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on employers, workers and workplaces.
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