Statement on the introduction of public health measures for Kildare, Offaly and Laois

Following a Cabinet meeting today (Friday 07 August 2020) the Government has decided to introduce a number of public health measures for Kildare, Offaly and Laois. The decision was made in response to the increased spread of the disease in these counties, and is based on very clear advice of public health officials.

These limited restrictions will be introduced within Kildare, Offaly and Laois for a period of two weeks, from midnight tonight.

People in these counties will be asked to:

  • Restrict their movements to travel within their own county except for work or other essential reasons
  • Limit their contacts to six visitors and no more than 3 households in their home.
  • Work from home where possible AND
  • For those people at a higher risk from Covid-19 using their own judgement, are advised to stay at home and limit visitors except for essential care services

The following restrictions will apply to certain services in the county

  • Cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, bingo halls and other indoor recreational, sports, dance and cultural outlets should close
  • Restaurants and pubs serving food should close except for services to takeaway and deliveries and limited outdoor dining
  • Nursing homes visits should be suspended

Government, working with employers and employee representatives have also moved to ramp up testing in affected sectors within the region.

Any business premises that requires to be closed on public health grounds will be closed and will not reopen until public health officials are satisfied that it no longer poses a threat. We know these measures will be disappointing for many but acting quickly and decisively will ensure we can contain these outbreaks quickly and protect our communities

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