"We have not witnessed a pandemic of this nature... and this is uncharted territory for us."-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
In an address to the public today, Taoiseah Leo Varadkar has outlined new Covid-19 measures.
Varadkar outlined that the coronavirus "will continue to spread but it can be slowed."
From 6pm today March 12 2020, the following restrictions will be in place:
Schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close with all teaching to be conducted online where possible.
Indoor mass gatherings of 100+ people have to be cancelled, whereas mass outdoor gatherings of 500+ must be cancelled.
People entering Ireland through ports and airports must be fully informed, and self isolate if they present symptoms.
Non essential social interaction and gatherings must be reconsidered, and people are urged to work from home where possible.
Shops will remain open and supply chains will stay in production.
Varadkar stated that "acting as one nation we can save many lives" and social distancing should be take seriously.