Government announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19

first_imgFacebook 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 center_img 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] last_img read more

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first_imgThis week’s lettersThere is so much to gain from IIP According to a recent survey by the Institute of Directors, the impact ofInvestors In People on the bottom line is limited (News, 13 November). Notwithstanding, two-thirds of directors from companies using IIP said theybelieved that the quality of training and development within their companieshad improved. A creditable nine out of 10 directors of Investors in People standard users,or companies committed to obtaining recognition, acknowledged that theirinvolvement with the scheme had improved their employees’ ability to do theirjobs. If I informed my main board that we intended to introduce more focusedtraining, improve people development and make our workforce more productive –but that they should not expect to see increased profitability – then it wouldnot be either the value of IIP nor the abilities of our employees that would becalled into question. For those companies that seek and embrace best business practice, IIP is aninvaluable guide and support on the road to improved growth, productivity andprofitability. Jim Armour Managing director, WTA Airfreight, Heathrow Lipgloss survey is bare faced cheek I was most disappointed, but probably not that surprised, to read that afterall the work that we have done on equal opportunities our careers still rest onwhether or not we are wearing the appropriate shade of lipgloss (News, 27November). Perhaps the path to the boardroom for women is via the make-up counter andnot via qualifications and experience, and maybe that answers a lot ofquestions about the glass ceiling. Like most of us when we are buying “grooming products”, maybe thedirectors in question need to pay less attention to the packaging, and moretowards what is inside. Cath Howard HR manager, Sense, London It pays to stand out from crowd So business culture is based upon conformity (Comment, 27 November)? Mainstream education in the UK operates on the basis of behaviouralconformity in order to manoeuvre sizeable groups of children towardspre-defined outcomes. Why, then, are we surprised when our organisations emulate this model? Creatively minded children often struggle in our conformist educationalestablishments, where the mediocre and predictable are more manageable thanflair and unpredictability. As those graduating from our learning establishments enter the workplace,they bring with them all they have learned – the facts and behaviours that havebeen necessary for them to succeed in their previous environments. Having spent a great deal of time working with companies, wishing to unlearnthese educationally expedient, but business inhibiting behaviours, I have greatempathy with the conformists. It’s worked for you since childhood. But the unpredictability of life and business often require more creativeand urgent solutions to problems. Of course all organisations require a unique operational culture, but for acompany to follow our schools’ conformist culture by default displays amisunderstanding of the concept of organisational learning. Amanda Wilson Director, White Room Consulting Related posts:No related photos. LettersOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more