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If you have symptoms, self-isolate and contact your GP.
Family Carers Ireland has produced an Emergency Care Scheme in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please click here to find out more.
For a guide to Covid-19 social welfare supports for family carers including a list of FAQs, please click here.
For guidance on cocooning to protect people over 70 years and those extremely medically vulnerable from Covid-19, please click here. Note advice for Family Carers (section 10).
Also, Guidance for Health and Social Care Workers who visit homes can be found here. Please note that while this is not aimed at family carers, a lot of the advice is very relevant.
An FAQ document for people with disabilities and family carers (prepared jointly by the HSE, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland) can be found here.
Know the symptoms of COVID-19. Stay at home and don’t go out if you have them.
During Phase 3 a wider range of retail outlets, including contact personal services, and commercial services are now allowed to reopen.
It is recommended that those responsible for reopening these services carry out a risk assessment before reopening to manage the public health risk for their customers, attendees, participants, and staff.
The assessment should consider the risk factors for getting COVID-19, that is Distance, Activity, Time and Environment, and include controls such as advanced booking, assigned seating, improved hygiene facilities, and regular cleaning to limit these. Hospitality services should refer to the HPSC COVID-19: Guidance for Food Service Businesses in doing this.
All must implement physical distancing arrangements in their premises to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. All must also apply the Return to Work Safely Protocol.
Retailers are asked to designate specific shopping times for people over 70 years and people who are extremely medically vulnerable.
Retailers and commercial services must put measures in place in their premises to minimise the spread of infection among customers and staff.
These could include:
Premises should be adequately prepared for the return of employees and customers. Public health advice to limit the spread of COVID-19 (hand washing, cough and sneeze hygiene, physical distancing, wearing of face coverings) should be communicated to all staff.
Cleaning schedules, waste disposal arrangements, arrangements to encourage physical distancing between workers and alternative arrangements where physical distancing is not always possible should be implemented.
Retailers and commercial services are advised to proactively engage with official authorities as they reopen and to consult with public health authorities on ways to minimise the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in their premises.