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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Government Buildings for a coronavirus press briefing, where they announced from midnight tonight and for a two-week period, everybody in Ireland must stay at home, except in specific circumstances. PA Photo.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Government Buildings for a coronavirus press briefing, where they announced from midnight tonight and for a two-week period, everybody in Ireland must stay at home, except in specific circumstances. PA Photo.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Government Buildings for a coronavirus press briefing, where they announced from midnight tonight and for a two-week period, everybody in Ireland must stay at home, except in specific circumstances. PA Photo.

THE Government has published a list of essential workers who are allowed to travel to work despite the coronavirus lockdown.

The list is extensive and is detailed below:

Agriculture and Fishing

  • farmers
  • farm labourers
  • farm relief service workers
  • others involved directly or indirectly in crop and animal production and related activities (including veterinary services), and workers involved in fishing

Manufacturing

  • the manufacture of food and beverage products
  • the manufacture of prepared animal feeds
  • the manufacture of work-wear apparel or footwear
  • the manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard and wood
  • the printing and reproduction of newspapers and other media services
  • the manufacturing of coke and refined petroleum products
  • the manufacturing of alumina; chemicals and chemical products
  • the manufacture of pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
  • the manufacture of products necessary for the supply chain of essential services; computer, electronic and optical products including semi-conductors; electrical equipment, machinery and other equipment (including agricultural and forestry machinery); medical devices; and medical and dental equipment and supplies
  • Repair and installation of Machinery and Equipment
  • the supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment and industrial machinery and equipment for essential services

Electricity, Gas and Water

  • electric power generation, transmission and distribution
  • extraction and distribution of gas
  • water collection, treatment and supply
  • sewerage; waste collection, remediation activities and other waste management treatment and disposal activities

Construction

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O’Connell Street in Dublin’s city centre as Ireland has introduced a number of sweeping measures in an effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

O’Connell Street in Dublin’s city centre as Ireland has introduced a number of sweeping measures in an effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

O’Connell Street in Dublin’s city centre as Ireland has introduced a number of sweeping measures in an effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
  • essential health and related projects relevant to the COVID-19 crisis, and supplies necessary for such projects
  • repair/construction of critical road and utility infrastructure
  • delivery of emergency services to businesses and homes on an emergency call-out basis in areas such as electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing

Wholesale and Retail Trade

  • retail services in accordance with the separate “Updated Essential Retail Outlets” list
  • wholesale and distribution services necessary for the sale of food, beverages, fuel, medicines, medical products and devices and essential household products; takeaways and food delivery services
  • Transport Storage and Communication
  • land transport (for example, bus, rail and taxi services)
  • road, rail, sea and air freight
  • sea and air passenger services; ports and airports
  • warehousing and support activities for transportation including cargo-handling; postal and courier activities; network control and critical maintenance (including roads); and safety related functions

Accommodation and Food Services

  • hotels or similar providing essential accommodation (including homeless, direct provision and related services)
  • food and beverage service activities in accordance with the separate the essential retail outlets list list or for supply to a business engaged in an essential service

Information and Communications

  • the publishing of newspapers, journals and periodicals as well as video, television programme production, sound recording, radio and television broadcasting; wired and satellite and telecommunications activities; internet and cloud providers; data centres and related services

Financial and legal activities

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Francis O’Donnell from Derrymore in the town of Tralee with his coronavirus mask. This gentleman said he was ‘taking no chances’

Francis O’Donnell from Derrymore in the town of Tralee with his coronavirus mask. This gentleman said he was ‘taking no chances’

Francis O’Donnell from Derrymore in the town of Tralee with his coronavirus mask. This gentleman said he was ‘taking no chances’
  • banking and financial services (including banks, credit unions and post offices)
  • accountancy, legal and insurance services necessary to support essential services and vulnerable people
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical activities
  • engineering, technical testing activities and analysis
  • scientific research and development activities
  • regulation, inspection and certification services necessary to support essential services

Rental and Leasing Activities

  • rental and lease of cars
  • light motor vehicles and trucks necessary to support the provision of essential services

Administrative and Support Services

  • Where necessary to support other essential services:
  • employment placement and human resources associated with the recruitment and deployment of workers
  • security activities to assist in the delivery of essential services and the securing of premises closed to the public
  • cleaning of buildings and industrial cleaning activities; business support activities which are necessary to support essential services included on this list; payroll and payment services necessary for the operation of businesses; data processing, hosting and related activities

Public Administration and Defence

Public administration activities necessary to support essential services and provision of social protection benefits (including Civil Service and Local Government):

  • An Garda Siochana, Garda Staff and the Garda Reserve
  • public order, safety, fire service and ambulance activities
  • the Defence Forces
  • emergency call answering service to ensure administration of justice
  • Prison services and Child Detention services
  • cyber-security
  • regulatory processes and certification required to ensure supply chains, food, medicine and general process safety
  • operation of botanical gardens, parks, forests and nature reserves
  • funeral services
  • religious personnel
  • office-holders and public representatives

Human health and social work activities

  • hospital services
  • paramedical and essential therapy activities
  • public health activities (including all those deployed to contract tracing and COVID-19 testing services)
  • laboratory services
  • drug treatment and addiction services
  • hospice services
  • pharmacy services
  • primary care, general and specialist medical practice activities provided by public and private providers
  • emergency dental practice activities
  • blood donation service
  • residential care activities (including nursing care, mental health and substance abuse, elderly and persons with disabilities, children’s residential services)
  • homecare home help and other community services
  • social work and social care activities (including disability services, mental health, child protection and welfare, domestic, sexual and gender based violence, homeless services including outreach)
  • ambulance/pre-hospital emergency care services
  • minor injury units
  • maternity services
  • health, social work, environmental, food safety regulatory activities

Community/Voluntary Services

  • community and voluntary workers, working in a publicly commissioned service, not otherwise included on the list, deployed to assist in the delivery of essential services
  • volunteer services operating under the local authority emergency management framework in accordance with public health guidance

A Government statement said: "If you carry out an activity that is necessary for the continued provision of an essential service by another organisation or you are part of an essential supply chain, you should continue to carry out that activity.

"To the maximum extent possible, that should be done remotely."

Employers are being asked to refer to the guidance on the gov.ie website to decide whether their organisation is providing an essential service.

It is not necessary for them to seek official authorisation.

They should identify employees - including sub-contractors - who are essential to the provision of that service and notify them.

Public health guidance on social distancing should still be followed at all times.

If employees are notified that they are essential they are permitted to travel to and from work.

They should have work identification with them when they travel or a letter from their employer indicating they are an essential employee as well as one other form of identification

If a worker is not engaged in the provision of essential services, then they are not permitted to travel to and from work until April 12.

There will be a grace period until 6pm on Monday March 30 for people who need to make necessary arrangements to wind down their activities in an orderly way.

This should however be done in a way that minimises travel and personal interaction as much as possible.

The list of essential workers comes this evening as 14 more people have died from the coronavirus in Ireland, taking the country’s death toll to 36.

All 14 deaths are located in the east of the country. The median age of today’s reported deaths is 81.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has also been informed of 294 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

There are now 2,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said that the country has today witnessed the highest jump in deaths so far.

"Our condolences are with the family and friends of all patients who have died as a result of COVID-19.

“We thank all citizens who have complied with restrictive measures, who continue to follow public health advice and remain concerned for those around them.

“We must remain focused in our shared efforts to prevent the spread of this infection, to prevent severe illness especially that which requires ICU admission and ultimately save lives.” 

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The Department of Health, HSE and our frontline workers will continue to take every action against COVID-19, but it is each and every one of us, individually, who has the power to reduce this threat. Stay at home, follow the advice and protect one another.”

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