PERSONAL CARE & SAFETY

  • Wash your hands well and often to avoid contamination
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard used tissue
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Maintain Physical Distancing of at least 2 metres between yourself  and others
  • If you have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, you are advised to contact HSE Live on 1850 24 1850  (HSE Live Website)
  • If you are unwell with a cough, especially with respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever) you should isolate yourself immediately and phone your GP.
  • HSE  Daily updates are available on the HSE website’s dedicated COVID-19 page here.

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

  • The Together resource from the Department of Health brings together practical advice on looking after mental health, coping at home, staying active, healthy eating, helping in the community and cocooning.  It is available at www.gov.ie/together
  • Further mental health supports can be found at www.YourMentalHealth.ie
  • Contact details for organisations such as the Samaritans, Pieta House, Aware, LGBT Ireland, Mental Health Ireland, USI, Childline, Jigsaw, Barnardos, Alone, Seniorline and many more can be found at the HSE website here.

BUSINESS & WORK

  • Government Supports For Business Full details on these supports and others can be found on the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation website here.
  • Business Continuity Planning Checklist Now available on the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation website here.
  • Enterprise Ireland Have a wealth of information about business continuance on their website here.  Although primarily aimed at companies who export or take their business beyond Ireland, members may find their Business Response Plan document useful.  It is available to download here.
  • Business Continuity Voucher All businesses with up to 50 employees can apply to their nearest Local Enterprise Office for the new Business Continuity Voucher.  Worth up to €2,500 in third party consultancy costs — including communications support — it can be used by companies and sole traders to ‘develop short-term and long-term strategies to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic’.  Further details are available on the Local Enterprise Office website here.
  • Ibec Podcast Regular episodes of Ibec on Covid-19 available on Spotify.  Episode 1 is here.
  • Kantar Media Digest Daily e-mail summary of latest Covid-19 news — subscribe at Kantar“s website here.
  • Data Protection Commission Remote working data safety advice available here.  They also have advice on the processing and use of personal data during the crisis here.
  • Dublin Chamber Dublin Chamber“s comprehensive Covid-19 Information Zone is on their website here.
  • Sick Pay/Self-Isolation Guidance from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)is available here.
  • Income Support Helpline From the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection — 1890 800 024 or (01) 248 1398 (9am-5pm).  Information also available for employers and employees here.
  • Welfare Payments Latest information from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection here.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs General & country-specific travel advice here.  DFA Travelwise app also available from Google Play Store or Apple AppStore.
  • Health Protection Surveillance Centre Additional information for employers at their website here.
  • The Return to Work Safely Protocol  The Irish Government Return to Work Safely Protocol, which aims to help businesses and workers to plan for the safe return to the workplace.

COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEERING

  • COVID-19 Action Plan to Support the Community Response From the Department of Rural and Community Development, available here.  Dedicated helpdesk for registered community organisations is at c&vsupports@drcd.gov.ie
  • Volunteering Information on volunteering is available at www.volunteering.ie
  • Older People/Senior Citizens ALONE helpline is 0818 222 014; the Senior helpline is 1800 804 591

MEDIA EVENTS

  • RTÉ News Advice For PR & Comms practitioners on organisation of press conferences and media events here.

OTHER

  • ICCO (International Communications Consultancy Organisation) Detailed information, guidance and links for PR & Communications practitioners here.
  • Gov.ie Additional public-health posters for use in airports, surgeries, schools and higher education establishments here.
  • Social/Physical Distancing A series of Department of Health graphics to help you maintain distance in your premises, available in print-ready formats here.World Health Organization  Detailed information about the outbreak on their website here, including daily situation updates and travel advice.  WHO“s continuously updated ‘situation dashboard’ is online here.
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control Detailed information and daily updates here.
  • ITAA The Irish travel Agents Association travel advice is here.

By heeding the above there is no need to panic – we can all be safe.  But, in the words of Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, “Let’s be careful out there…”.