On 30th December 2020, it was announced by Government that the entire country would remain in level 5 restrictions until midnight on 31st January 2021 and on 6th January 2021, new Level 5 restrictions were announced.

On 23rd February 2021, it was announced by government that Ireland would remain at Level 5 restrictions until early April at the earliest with the exception of primary / secondary schools and early learning and care services.  You can view the upcoming changes for childcare services here. You can view Level 5 restrictions here.

Living with COVID-19 Plan

In September 2020 the Government announced the Living with COVID-19 five-level plan for the next six months. These measures aim to protect key priorities – protecting health, strengthening employment and supporting communities.

 You can view the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 here.

Public Health Information

As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.

 Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.

Parents Centre

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, parents are managing a range of new challenges. There are many useful supports available from information and advice to one-one support however, parents are busy and there is an overwhelming amount of information available.

Parents Centre provides a starting point to access high-quality, trusted information and support. It is easy to navigate and helps parents access the information and support they need quickly.

Resources for parents during COVID-19 measures can be found here

You, Your Community and COVID-19

The Department of Rural & Community Development (DRCD) have set up a designated page to support Community and Voluntary organisations and the groups they support during Covid-19. You can access it here.

The DRCD has also set up an email helpdesk facility which is available to assist you with advice or queries and is open 7 days a week: http://C&VSupports@drcd.gov.ie

Our collective efforts are critical, we need to do this together as one community in which everyone plays their part, to help and support each other. This phase requires a community effort, with every citizen acting responsibly in order to protect our vulnerable and elderly members of society.

COVID-19 Community Emergency Fund

Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development, has recently launched a €2.5 million fund to support community and voluntary groups involved in the delivery of COVID-19 community response efforts.

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund will provide immediate and urgently needed funding totalling €2.5 million. This will be available to groups that are participating in the Government’s “Community Call” initiative which is being led by the Local Authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority will be provided to organisations which incur costs on direct delivery of frontline services to people, such as Meals on Wheels and other similar activities. These individual grants will generally be modest in nature however it is expected that higher amounts will provided where the need is greatest.

There is a Community Call Forum in each county to coordinate and connect the wide range of services and supports that are available. A dedicated phone helpline is operational in every county and the national number, 0818 222 024, is also in operation. You can find your local helpline number on www.gov.ie/communitycall

Over the coming days, each Local Authority will provide information to groups involved with the Community call effort in their area, regarding how to apply to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Further information is available here 

Getting Through COVID-19 Together

The Department of Health and the HSE, in collaboration with key cross-Government and cross-sectoral partners, have developed a mental wellbeing campaign aimed at offering support and resources to help deal with the stress, anxiety and isolation currently experienced by many people during this time which was launched on Saturday.

The ‘Together’ campaign is hosted on gov.ie, points people to the HSE’s Your Mental Health supports and resources which include many online and telephone services, as well as providing tips and advice from cross-Government and Healthy Ireland partners on topics such as physical activity, parenting, coping with daily routines, supporting the ‘cocooned’ and getting involved in the community solidarity efforts.