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COVID-19: What to know as we move forward carefully

We must continue to work together as we live with the virus.

COVID-19 infection rates are once again increasing along with hospitalisations and ICU admissions – which means that we must all continue to proceed with caution.

The resilience and solidarity of our people, however, combined with exceptional support for the vaccination programme, means that we can move forward carefully.

Vaccination is the best means of protection against COVID-19. The vaccines are free, safe and effective.

If you experience any symptoms, you must self-isolate and get tested even if you are vaccinated. Stay at home — do not go to work, school or college. Do not socialise.

Vaccination does not eliminate the risk of spreading the virus. That is why it is important to wear masks, clean our hands, cover up when we cough or sneeze, choose outdoors over indoors, keep our distance, and ensure indoor spaces are well ventilated.

These behaviours ARE effective – they DO work. And remember if you are in a place where guidelines are not being followed and you don’t feel safe – take your business elsewhere.

Think about what you can do to support and encourage all of the people around you to stay safe – your work colleagues, your clients and customers, your family members and friends.

  • COVID-19 Pass: Proof of vaccination or recovery (e.g. Digital Covid Certificate) is necessary for access to indoor hospitality and events.
  • Keep your distance as an important protective measure.
  • Wear a face covering in the appropriate settings.
  • Return to workplace continues on a phased and cautious basis. Wear a face covering in the appropriate settings.

We will have to live with the virus for some time to come. We must continue to work together so that it causes minimal disruption to our lives.

For further information please go to gov.ie/recovery

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