Hotels can continue to offer 'essential services' and restaurants can sell take-away meals under new measures introduced by the Government to delay the spread of Covid 19.Theatres, clubs, gyms and leisure centres, hairdressers, betting shops, marts, markets, casinos, bingo halls, libraries, and other similar outlets are to shut;
Hotels are to limit occupancy to non-social and non-tourist reasons;
All cafes and restaurants are to limit supply to take- away food or delivery;
A €3.7bn financial package was also announced in order to soften the blow for the economy, as Social Protection Regina Doherty said that her previous prediction of 400,000 job losses now looks “conservative”.
The package includes:
A wage subsidy scheme will see the State fund up to 70% of pay, with a maximum weekly tax-free payment of €410 per employee;
Rates for the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment will rise to €350 per week;
Enhanced illness payment for those required to self-isolate or those diagnosed with coronavirus, will be increased from €305 to €350.
Exemptions from normal planning rules to allow restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway and delivery services during the coronavirus pandemic have been approved by the Government.