It’s not a lockdown – but be careful out there

Eerily quiet at Killarney Railway Station: Non-essential travel is off limits.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

THE Taoiseach has insisted that the new measures introduced to try to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus is not a lockdown but he urged people to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for them to venture outside.

In an address to the nation, Leo Varadkar said people should only leave home to travel to and from work or to get medical supplies or groceries and, where possible, should be done remotely.

All hairdressers, gyms and leisure centres, betting shops, playgrounds, libraries, theatres, clubs, markets, and similar outlets are to close while hotels must limit occupancy and not cater for social occasions or tourists.

Leo Varadkar

All non-essential retail outlets must shut their doors and essential retail operators must implement strict social distancing conditions.

Restaurants and café businesses will have to limit the service they provide to takeaway food or delivery and churches will have to restrict the numbers entering due to social distancing considerations

All sporting events are cancelled immediately including any events due to take place behind closed doors.

Mr Varadkar said there should be non-essential travel in or outside of Ireland and cruise ships will not be allowed to dock in the country.

The safety measures introduced previously will now extended until Sunday, April 19.

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