Facebook Advertisement Print Twitter Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions WhatsApp Taoiseach Leo VaradkarIN A Government press conference today, Tuesday, March 24, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced further measures would be taken to slow down the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).The measures introduced will take place from midnight tonight will see the closure of “non-essential” retail services which include but not be limited to bookmakers, casinos, and theatres. Cafés and food services can remain open, but operate on a ‘take away’ basis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The list of services which fall under the non-essential services will be made available by Government.There will be an increased presence of Gardaí in public parks to observe and enforce physical-distancing guidelines by the HSE. Gathering in groups of larger than 4 will be prohibited unless from the same household.Social WelfareThe pandemic unemployment payment will be increased from €203 to €350, as will the COVID related illness benefit. Self-employed people impacted will also be included in the unemployment payment scheme.In a bid to support businesses and maintain employment within companies, it was announced that Government will subsidise 70 per cent of salaries up to a cap of €410 per week tax-free payment.SchoolsSchools, universities and childcare facilities are set to remain closed until April 19, having originally supposed to reopen on March 29.HealthIt was announced that all private hospitals will operate on a not-for-profit basis to increase bed-availability, and staffing in the public health service. Minister for Health, Simon Harris noted all COVID-19 treatment would be free of charge and all people will be given the same level of care. NewsHealthPoliticsGovernment announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19By Cian Reinhardt – March 24, 2020 318 Linkedin TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and County RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Email Previous articleLimerick City and County Council supports new e-learning tool to help you identify Irish BumblebeesNext article19 Gardaí assigned to Limerick to offer support in wake of covid-19 virus Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected]
Boss Remi Garde hopes Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox will break their silence soon. The manager also insisted he understands supporters’ anger after he and the players were mercilessly abused by fans. Garde revealed he has asked owner Lerner to talk to the fans – and believes he will speak soon – with the club in disarray and fury spilling over with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Press Association They are seven points behind second bottom Sunderland and tensions boiled over after Villa failed to beat League Two Wycombe on Saturday. Videos of the manager and players being abused after the game were posted on social media while substitutes Brad Guzan and Joleon Lescott were also accused of playing a game involving chewing gum during the match. Garde tried to move on from the weekend but conceded he expected the reaction. He said: “I know football, in every country it’s the same. I understand completely the fans’ frustration. I am not surprised because I know that from situations from different clubs I have played and worked for.” The boss said he was not aware of the reported issue with Lescott and Guzan but reminded all players of their responsibilities. He added: “What I can say is, as a professional player, you need to behave in the right way with respect for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you are top of the table or bottom. It’s just a question of being respectful to everybody.” Against Palace, Garde is without Carlos Sanchez and Alan Hutton (hamstring), while Jack Grealish (tonsil itis) and Gabriel Agbonlahor (back) are doubts. Garde and the squad were abused as they boarded the coach after Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw at Wycombe, while Micah Richards also spoke to supporters to calm tensions during the game. American Lerner has barely spoken to the media in five years and Garde expects he and chief executive Tom Fox, who is in New York to hold talks with Lerner about the club’s January transfer plans, to address Villa’s situation. He said: “This is something I asked from them a fortnight ago, or something like that. Not to take the pressure off me – if I didn’t want the pressure I wouldn’t have this job. “It’s more because I’m facing you (the media) every week but actually I know Villa from inside for only 10 weeks now. “At some point I cannot explain and I am not in the position to judge what happened before and whether it was right or wrong because I wasn’t here. “At some point it is important that the Aston Villa voice is not only mine. “This is not to avoid my responsibilities at all. I will do it as long as I am in this position at this club.” Villa host Crystal Palace on Tuesday marooned at the bottom of the league and 11 points from safety.