DUBLIN – Irish Clampdown comes

Ireland’s government has announced sweeping new measures to clamp down on the spread of the coronavirus in the Republic. 

Keep abreast of the developments in Ireland.

Speaking from the government press centre on Tuesday (24 March), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar urged members of the public to stay at home, and also announced that schools and childcare facilities will be closed until at least 19 April.

Meanwhile, theatres, clubs, gyms, hairdressers, markets, casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, libraries and similar places of business will be closed, as well as all hotels and non-essential retail outlets. While hotels are to limit guest occupancy, cafes and restaurants will be permitted to operate a takeaway service only.  Public gatherings are also to be limited to four people.

Varadkar also announced the introduction of a wage subsidy scheme, co-funding 70% of salaries on payments of up to €38,000 per annum. Measures including a freeze on rents, as well as the temporary banning of evictions were also proposed by the cabinet on Tuesday (24 March). (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)

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