The following is an update on the current situation in Ireland.
Case update:
– There has been one death in Ireland of a person with Covid-19 out of 43 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
– Initial cases were primarily associated with travel from Northern Italy. More recent cases have been community transmitted.
– At hospitals where active cases have been handled, visitors have been banned and elective surgeries and outpatient appointments have been cancelled. Some healthcare professionals who have been exposed to Covid-19 patients are also in self-isolation. This does not apply to all hospitals.
Business:
– It is business as usual at CCR with DSP and Immigration Services with the exception of school visits which are suspended until schools re-open.
– Local and international companies are implementing travel restrictions on staff and using homeworking where viable.
– Government advice is that people should continue to go to work, but those who can work from home should do so.
– Shops, cafes and restaurants remain open.
– Flights to the US are still possible from Ireland.
– Otherwise, business activity continues somewhat as normal, with no handshaking and sensible precautions.
Schools:
– Schools, crèches, childcare facilities and all higher-level education facilities to close at 6pm on March 12th until March 29th.
– Easter holidays are planned from April 6th to 17th inclusive.
– School visits as part of DSP activities will not be possible during these dates of closure.
Arts and Culture:
– Cultural institutions have been instructed to close.
– MCD Productions has postponed all shows due to take place between now and March 29th.
– St Patrick’s Festival, Dublin has cancelled its Festival Cultural Programme.
Public gatherings:
– Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people should be cancelled.
– Outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled.
– The traditional St. Patrick’s Day parades on March 17th have been cancelled
Sport:
– GAA, soccer and all boxing activity has been cancelled. Others are expected to follow.
– Ireland’s next international soccer match will be played behind closed doors and other major matches are in doubt.

We are still monitoring public health websites for news from the World Health Organisation and the Irish authorities
https://www.gov.ie/en/news/b45400-statement-from-the-national-public-health-emergency-team/
https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/

Corporate Care Relocation remains primarily concerned about the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers. Government advice is that people should continue to go to work, but those who can work from home should do so. To that end, we are taking specific actions:
– All staff have been provided with the equipment and support required for them to work from home. Our offices will remain open, but an increasing number of staff will take up the home working option.
– Provision of facemasks, tissues, hand sanitiser and bins in consultant cars.
– Keeping airflow through consultant cars.
– Good hygiene practice, particularly around handwashing and coughing etiquette.
– No handshaking rules and advice to limit touching one’s face.
– Avoidance of large crowds and densely crowded areas.
– Awareness of local medical support and guidelines.

We are in discussions with major clients in advance of travel. Where we are requested to work with a
person from a high-risk area, we will require demonstrable proof from that person’s employer that a
mandatory 2-weeks quarantine period has been adhered to. We have also created a self-isolation
landing service to allow assignees to be quarantined for their first two weeks in Ireland before
resuming their relocation services.

If anyone has any questions, please contact any of the Corporate Care Relocation management team.