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COVID-19 #coronavirus updates

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) a public health emergency of international concern. Ireland is well-positioned to detect and respond to cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Latest News – Wednesday, August 19th 2020

On Tuesday, August 18th the Government introduced stronger enforcement measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the new rules are effective immediately and will be in place until at least September 13th 2020.

At a glance, here are the main points from the announcement:

  1. Face coverings must be worn in all shops and retail settings and shopping centres.
  2. Retail staff will also be required to wear them unless there is a partition in place or there is a space of 2 metres between them and customers.
  3. All businesses should allow staff to work from home where possible.
  4. All visits to homes will be limited to six people from outside the home, from no more than three households. This applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings.
  5. People over the age of 70 are advised to limit their interactions to a small network, avoid public transport, and shop during designated hours.
  6. All outdoor events and gatherings will be limited to 15 people, down from 200.
  7. Indoor events will be reduced from 50 people to just six people, except for businesses such as shops and restaurants.
  8. Indoor weddings and some religious services, such as mass, are exempt from the new restrictions, meaning they can still take place with up to 50 people.
  9. People are being advised to use their own judgement with regards to attending mass, but the Taoiseach has reassured Mass-goers that measures are in place to attend safely.
  10. Restaurants and cafes can remain open, with a mandatory closing time of 11.30 pm.
  11. Legislation will be introduced to enable gardaí to immediately close down any pub or facility that is abusing public health measures.
  12. The Government will also consider the reopening of pubs that do not serve food at the end of August.
  13. The ministers for health and justice are considering introducing legislation to give additional powers to gardaí and other agencies to enforce public health measures.
  14. All sporting events will now take place behind closed doors. There will be strict avoidance of social gatherings before and after matches. Training sessions should follow the rule of six people indoors and 15 outdoors.
  15. Children’s summer camps can continue but should be kept to the same group of 15 children.
  16. Gyms can remain open but no more than six people will be allowed in an exercise class at any given time.
  17. Public transport should be avoided where possible.
  18. The wearing of face coverings is advised on private transport if households are mixed.
  19. Schools will reopen as planned, but work needs to be done to make school transport safer.
  20. Local lockdowns in counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois will be considered by NPHET on Thursday.

Read more here:

Download the COVID Tracker app

COVID Tracker is a free app for your mobile phone. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland. Using the COVID Tracker app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

The app can:

alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
alert other app users that you were in close contact with if you test positive for COVID-19

Download the app here.

Face coverings and other public health measures in place right now

Ireland is now in Phase 3 of the government’s roadmap for reopening society and business. Most businesses, services and cultural activities can now reopen. You are now also allowed to travel throughout the country.

With the reopening of society, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease. The risk of getting COVID-19 is now part of our daily lives and will remain so for the foreseeable future. We are all vulnerable to this virus and some people, particularly those over 70 and the medically vulnerable, are still at a greater risk of becoming seriously ill.

Physical distancing should continue to be maintained at all times.

‘Safe Streets’ programme for towns and villages

Kerry County Council has published a ‘Safe Streets’ programme for towns and villages in the county. You can download the Town Centre Mobility Plans for #Killorglin here. Observations can be made to Ms. Siobhán Griffin, Kenmare MD Officer at sgriffin@kerrycoco.ie. Closing Date for observations is 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday 9 June 2020.

#Killorglin during #COVID19 #coronavirus lockdown

There’s a sense of loss when you see our empty silent streets, not a soul in sight but just remember we’re in this together, we will get through it together. Hopefully, very soon we can all enjoy meeting up with our family/friends, rediscover our stunning surroundings & help our town centre thrive.

 

We’ve found new ways to be socially connected… from ‘virtual movie nights’ to ‘virtual hangouts”… all helping us through the #COVID19 #coronavirus crisis. We’ve become closer together while staying apart!

We’re playing our part by increasing our digital output to help keep you informed and engaged… An example of our success is our video above, which has won people’s hearts and minds… Since posted last Wednesday evening (April 15th, 2020) it has been viewed by an incredible 6.5k+ users across all our networks. Thanks for all the positive comments, likes and shares.

Feel more connected to your community by continually following us for daily updates. We’ll get through it together! The latest information, advice and guidelines will be published here and will be updated frequently. We will be continually updating our social accounts with the ways in which the community are coming together and responding to the crisis.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the very latest updates. 

Protect yourself and others 

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. The people in your household need to self-quarantine. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test. HSE helpline can be reached by calling: 1850 24 1850 or (041) 6850300.

Irish Government’s Action Plan

The Government has already signed off a 3 billion euro package for health, social welfare and business. The Irish Government’s Action Plan for confronting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be downloaded here.

Other important updates 

  • Minister Donohoe outlines further measures to support Individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Read more here.
  • Some supermarkets will be exclusively open to the elderly & disabled. These hours will help improve access during this time of unprecedented demand. Please check your local supermarkets for specific times: aldi.ie, supervalu.ie, tesco.ie or eurospar.ie.
  • ALONE launch a COVID-19 support line for older people Working in collaboration with the Department of Health and the HSE. The support line will be open Monday to Friday, 8 am-8 pm, by calling 0818 222 024, and hours may be extended to meet the demand. Read more here.
  • People in #Kerry need your help! localsupport.ie is joining local volunteers with people in need. Please sign up on the site if you can help or need help. Helpline Text: 087 3658233. 
  • Minister Ring launches COVID-19 Government Action Plan to support the community response. For information on volunteering, please visit https://www.volunteer.ie/. Read more here.
  • Support for businesses impacted by COVID 19 through commercial rates deferral. Read more here.
  • The Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA) has called on its members and the public to contact people at risk of social isolation. Read more here.
  • AIB has suspended the planned introduction of maintenance and transactions fees.
  • Bank of Ireland says its Killorglin branch will reopen for advice & self-service banking on June 29th but will not provide a counter service for customers. Read more here.
  • Government confirms supports for employers and business continuity. Read more here.
  • A six-month moratorium on interest and repayments on new Microfinance Ireland COVID-19 loan. Read more here.
  • An Post has announced that there will be changes for some customers to delivery times from Monday, March 23rd as it introduces staggered working time for staff during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more here.
  • General Travel Advisory for Irish citizens travelling overseas. Read more here.
  • The Government announced a National Covid-19 Income Support Scheme. Read more here.
  • Covid-19 Public Information Booklet to be delivered to every household nationwide. Read more here.
  • An Post – Helping Connect our Community. Read more here.
  • The banking industry is aiming to increase the contactless payment limit from €30 to €50 by Wednesday, 1 April.
  • It has been announced bus and train timetables will be scaled back to 80% from next week due to reduced demand and social distancing.
  • All Kerry County Council offices and buildings will be closed to public access. The Council can be contacted by phone and email via kerrycoco.ie/contact-us/.
  • There are 3 ways to access the new Community Response:  Call Freephone 1800 807 009, text ‘SUPPORT’ followed by your name to 50555 or email covidsupport@kerrycoco.ie.
  • The Web Summit has donated €1,000,000 to ChangeX, who will then identify, fund & spread projects aimed at strengthening #Ireland’s response to #COVID19. They are calling on people across Ireland to take grassroots action by starting or joining new projects in their neighbourhoods and households between April & June. Do you have a solution in response to the crisis that should be in every community in Ireland? Well, submit it here.
  • Ireland launches “The Community Call” in major nationwide volunteering effort. Read more here.
  • New Government webpage is available to receive offers of Covid-19 assistance. Read more here.
  • Are you working on a grassroots solution to #COVID19? Should it be available to all communities in Ireland? Submit your solution here
  • Major Expansion of Business Supports for SMEs announced. Read more here.
  • Kerry ETB and Tralee Chamber are calling on business owners and their staff in Kerry to take the opportunity to upskill in their downtime. Kerry ETB is supporting Tralee Chamber business members and their staff with eCollege professional development courses at no cost. Read more here.
  • Minister Donohoe announces measures to ensure delivery of Exchequer-funded capital projects under Project Ireland 2040. Read more here.
  • Minister for Health launches mental health and wellbeing initiative to support people during Covid-19. Read more here.
  • The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) has proposed COVID-19 Online Retail Scheme in response to the crisis and the urgent need for retail companies to achieve a step-change in online capability. Read more here.
  • Minister Bruton Announces Increased Supports from Telecoms Providers during Covid-19. Read more here.
  • Minister Donohoe publishes Stability Programme Update 2020. Read more here.
  • The Government issue a statement on licensed events. Read more here.
  • Minister McHugh announces ICT funding for Schools including €10 million top-up funding. Read more here.
  • Minister Zappone launches a suite of resources for children and parents. Read more here.
  • An Taoiseach launches #InThisTogether campaign for people to Stay Connected, Stay Active & Stay Mentally Well during Covid-19. Read more here.
  • Minister for Health announces additional investment in online mental health supports. Read more here.
  • Killorglin community comes together to support local families in need during COVID-19. Read more here.
  • Government publishes roadmap to ease Covid-19 restrictions and reopen Ireland’s economy and society. Read more here.
  • The Minister for Education and Skills has announced that #LeavingCert 2020 is postponed and students are being offered a system of calculated grades, with State certification. Read more here.
  • Puck Fair 2020, which was due to take place on August 10th through 12th, is cancelled. Read the statement here.
  • Minister Humphreys Publishes National Return to Work Safely Protocol. Read more here.
  • Government approves details of Restart Grant for Small Businesses. Read more here.
  • An Post commits €2m funding and expertise for SMEs. Read more here.
  • Minister Ring announces €15 million for economic recovery in rural towns and villages. Read more here.
  • Taoiseach announces ‘accelerated’ roadmap: Read more here about how Ireland now plans to reopen by 20 July.
  • Killorglin Town opens safely. Read more here.
  • Government approves revised Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. Read more here.
  • Ministers announce COVID-19 funding support for the sports sector. Read more here.
  • COVID Tracker App launched. Read more here.
  • €2 billion COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme will provide low-cost loans to businesses impacted by COVID-19 – Tánaiste. Read more here.
  • Minister Foley announces next steps for this year’s Leaving Certificate students. Read more here.
  • Statement on Government Travel Advice. Read more here.
  • Government approves over €375 million support package and publishes Roadmap to enable the safe return of schools. Read more here.

Killorglin specific updates

The #coronavirus outbreak will prove to be a lonely and difficult time for some of us and it’s a crucial time to make sure we’re checking up on older neighbours or family members who could be at risk while following the Department of Health’s advice particularly in relation to practising social distancing. You could create a messaging group to keep in touch with family, friends or neighbours.

Group messaging service offers free and secure calls and messages to anyone, anywhere:

  • Download WhatsApp here
  • Download Viber here
  • Download Skype here

Using social media to get some good tips and practical ideas

Why not take a look at social media as people genuinely have shared some good tips and practical ideas about rural isolation or if someone who is in self-isolation.

We’re all in this together!

Day to day we know that our fantastic local community in Killorglin rallies around to support one another. These tough times are bringing increased demand on us all. Do you have a community initiative you are leading/getting involved in e.g. Meals on Wheels and want some help? Please see how we can help here.  

Here’s an example of some locals doing good 

COVID-19 & your Business

We know that the COVID-19 crisis is presenting immediate and severe financial challenges for businesses so we have put together some practical hints, tips, supports and links to help you along the way. Read more here.

Coronavirus is hurting small businesses. Here’s how to help

Small businesses are feeling the effects of the #coronavirus outbreak. The sectors most negatively affected by coronavirus-related closures include hospitality, arts and recreation, retail and personal services. Supporting local and small businesses is vital during these uncertain times. While the government has pledged financial support to help small businesses, customers also play a role in helping them survive.

When it comes to supporting local businesses why not: 

  • Order take-out or delivery (if they offer it)
  • Buying gift cards for future use
  • Prepaying for future appointments in the services sector like a barber, hair or beauty salon
  • Buy a product or service from a local retailer or service provider online

Small businesses are community members… and they’re also a resilient group of people so let’s show our support in these tough times.

Please feel free to utilise our comprehensive business directory and map when searching for a local service. Click here to view.

Killorglin.ie helping promote local businesses during these unprecedented times

Your help

We’re urging all local businesses who are planning to reopen to tell us about it and we will shout about it via our website and social networks.

There are 3 ways you can submit your business information:

  1. Submit your information using the form here.
  2. Tag us Killorglin.ie: Twitter, Facebook or Instagram in your social media posts and use the hashtags #ShopLocalSafely #Killorglin #LivePlayThriveHere
  3. Email us at info@killorglin.ie

This is a free opportunity to include your business information via our social networks.

Pharmacies

Postal services

An Post has announced that there will be changes for some customers to delivery times from Monday, March 23rd as it introduces staggered working time for staff during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more here.

Bank of Ireland contact details may be useful

Business customers

  • Our Branch Business Specialist is: (Michael McCarthy 086 2809000)
  • The Coronavirus Helpline for Business Customers  (Tel: 0818 200 348)
  • New Business Loans (Tel: 1890 36 52 22)
  • Bank of Ireland Finance (Tel: 1850 29 19 29)

Personal customers

  • Our Branch Mortgage Specialist is: (Trevor Farry 087 4643198)
  • New Mortgages (Tel: 1890 365 100 – Option 4)
  • Customer Mortgage Moratorium Requests (Tel: 01 6113333)
  • New Personal Loans & Overdrafts (Tel: 1890 365 100 – Option 2)

Mortgage, loans and rent

On 18 March 2020 the 5 retail banks (AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank), along with their representative body Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) announced a series of measures to support people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These include:

  • A payment break of up to 3 months for businesses and personal customers. If you want to request a payment break, you should contact your bank directly
  • A simplified application process to make it easy for businesses and personal customers to get support from their bank
  • A solution to ensure that COVID-19 applications for a payment break will not affect credit ratings
  • Deferral of court proceedings for 3 months

COVID-19 Information for Employers and Employees

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) click here to access the dedicated support pages.

Social welfare payments

All social welfare payments currently in payment will be paid as usual.

Special arrangements have been put in place for post office customers getting pensions and payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP). If you can’t collect your DEASP payment personally at your post office, you can nominate a person (Temporary Agent) to collect the payment on your behalf. The person collecting the payment must bring your Public Services Card (this is also your Free Travel Pass), and their own valid photographic ID like a passport, driving licence or Public Services Card. Download the Temporary Agent form (pdf).

The new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is for people aged between 18 and 66 who has lost employment related to coronavirus.

The enhanced Illness Benefit payment is for people aged between 18 and 66 who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have been medically required to self-isolate. You can read general information about social welfare payments and coronavirus.

The DEASP has an income support helpline for people impacted by the coronavirus. The information team can advise on the most suitable income supports for your circumstances and give information about how to apply. Call (01) 2481398 or 1890800024

Support services available 

  • ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties during the coronavirus restrictions. The support line will be open Monday to Friday, 8 am-8 pm, by calling 0818 222 024, and hours may be extended to meet demand.
  • SeniorLine provides a Freefone service every day of the year 10 am-10 pm, including all public holidays. Callers concerned about coronavirus will get the most up-to-date guidance recommended by Government sources. You can contact Senior Line on 1800 80 45 91.
  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland provides advice and support for vulnerable people living alone (pdf) during the coronavirus pandemic. While the group does not offer personalised medical advice, their service can direct you towards reliable sources of information. You can contact the Alzheimer National Helpline team on 1800 341 341, by email at helpline@alzheimer.ie or via Live Chat at alzheimer.ie.
  • The Age Action Information Service also provides a service for older people to ensure that they can access accurate and timely information about the virus. The service is available Monday to Friday 9.30 am—5 pm on 01 4756989.
  • Volunteer Ireland is working to recruit and register volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • If you are a cancer patient or a former cancer patient, you can get information and advice from the Irish Cancer Society.
  • The Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) is funded and supported by the Citizens Information Board to provide a comprehensive and confidential telephone information service. You can contact CIPS by phone from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday, on 0761 07 4000. CIPS also operates a Live Advisor instant chat service for people with hearing and speech difficulties and others who have difficulty communicating by telephone. Live Advisor is available between 9 am and 5 pm (Monday to Friday).
  • Text LGBTI+ to 086 1800 280 anytime when you need support about any time of crisis, you can chat in confidence, 24/7 with a trained crisis volunteer over text.
  • ‘Teentxt’ is a live one-to-one text messaging support service for young people up to the age of 18 – text the word ‘Talk’ to 50101.
  • Childline is Ireland’s 24-hour national listening service for young people up to the age of 18 – freephone 1800 666666.
  • The HSE has issued useful and practical information and advice for people on how to maintain positive mental health during the pandemic.
  • The Aware Support Line service (1800 80 48 48) is available to anyone, over 18, who is seeking support and information about issues relating to their own mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who experiences depression or bipolar
  • Samaritans offer emotional support 24/7, 365 days a year on freephone 116 123, by text 087 260 90 90 and by email jo@samaritans.ie
  • GP Out of Hours Service. The out of hours service is for patients with urgent medical problems who need to contact a doctor after GP surgeries close.
  • Drugs.ie provides drug and alcohol information and support for teenagers, parents and carers.
  • THE HSE Drug and Alcohol helpline – 1800 459 459 – provides a free confidential place where you can talk through your concerns about drugs or alcohol and get information about services.
  • HSE helpline can be reached by calling 1850 24 1850 or (041) 6850300.

Search for online resources and information about services delivered online, by telephone and face-to-face here.

Bored? 

Why not #createdontcontaminate? RTÉ 2FM want you to create content from your homes. The initiative hopes to kickstart a movement to keep young people’s energy and spirits up while keeping their families and communities safe. Tag @RTE2FM using #CreateDontContaminate when sharing.

Keep active with Joe Wicks workouts daily at 9 am

RTÉ Home School Hub

Check out the RTÉ Home School Hub, it’s where teachers present three short class segments aimed at primary school students. Watch live via the RTÉ Player here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) useful supports

Below are some useful supports from the Health Service Executive:

COVID-19 #coronavirus General Hygiene Video 

COVID-19 Information Booklet

Download the Information Booklet here.

Listen to an audio version of the COVID-19 information booklet on Soundcloud here.

More information

Remember we are in this together… Let’s show the world how we react in a crisis and that we are kind and not selfish!

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