Thousands of people are working from home today as schools, colleges and creches remain closed.
70 people have now been infected with the Coronavirus in Ireland, and one person has died.
Meanwhile, in response to the government’s announcements, local public bodies have been outlining their responses, including the Diocese of Killaloe who say all masses are being cancelled.
The measures are being put in place with immediate effect, following Government and Public Health advice, and will remain in place until March 29th, as part of efforts to protect the most vulnerable in society.
Funeral and wedding services will go ahead, but the Diocese is asking that these be attended by only family and close friends – the government has recommended against indoor gatherings of more than 100 guests.
All confirmations have been cancelled until further notice, and in a statement, Bishop Fintan Monahan says that while he “appreciates that many of these measures may be a great challenge to people of faith,” the care and well-being of everyone is the priority.
Similar move have been announced by the Diocese of Galway.
ShannonDoc is reassuring that contingency plans are in place to handle whatever COVID-19 is bringing down the tracks.
Chairman of ShannonDoc Pat Morrissey says despite a spike in calls to their helplines, they are well prepared for what may be coming.
Those worried about coronavirus are being urged NOT to attend ShannonDoc clinics, but rather to call the helpline on 1850 212 999 or 061 459 500.