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Staying Safe from Coronavirus as Lockdown is Eased

Posted in News on April 4, 2020

As the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announces an acceleration of the easing of the Coronavirus lockdown in the first week of June, we thought that it would be helpful to take a look at the latest guidance on how we can continue to stay safe as we return to a more interdependent life in Cork. Read this article to get top tips on staying safe from coronavirus as the lockdown is eased in Irleand.


Phase Two of the Lockdown

As Ireland moves into phase two of the easing of lockdown, the prime minister made a number of announcements that have a significant impact on our daily lives here in Cork. The Taoiseach said in a speech on Friday 6th June that:

During the speech, Health minister Simon Harris reminded people of the need to continue to take care –

“In the next stage we become more interdependent and, as we take these next steps, we take care. We know the toll this has taken so far. Today we begin to look forward once again”.


Shopping Safely

During the lockdown, going shopping has been the time of greatest risk of coming into contact with Coronavirus for many of us. Steps that we can take to ensure we are staying safe from coronavirus as we are shopping include:


Going to Work Safely in Cork

As we are due to move into phases two and three of the lockdown during June, more of us will be returning to work in coming weeks. If you are returning to work, it’s really important to take some precautions.

As advised by the HSE –

Do not return to work if you have any coronavirus symptoms, you are self-isolating or if you have not spoken to your employer before returning to your workplace.

How can you protect yourself in the workplace?

Some guidelines that can help you and co-workers to return to work safely include:


What should you avoid doing in the workplace?

To protect yourself and others at work:


What should you do if you show coronavirus symptoms at work?

If you begin to show any coronavirus symptoms at all, you should tell your supervisor immediately. Your employer will have processes in place.

On showing symptoms, you should:


Further advice for workers and employers

The Health and Safety Authority – Workplace Contact Unit
Phone: 1890 289 389

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Business Support
Phone: 01 631 2002

Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
Phone: 059 9178 990

National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
Phone: 01 807 3800

Phone: 1850 241850
Web chat:

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