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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 November 2020

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Questions (1200, 1217, 1384)

Seán Haughey

Question:

1200. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health if he will bring forward restrictions for bookmaker outlets to protect staff and clients from Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32620/20]

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Thomas Gould

Question:

1217. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Health if dog day care centres can remain open under current level 5 guidelines. [32686/20]

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Thomas Gould

Question:

1384. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Health if weight consultation and weight loss support groups are an essential service (details supplied). [33484/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1200, 1217 and 1384 together.

Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 which was published by the Government, sets out Ireland's approach to managing and living with COVID-19 in a range of areas over the next 6 - 9 months.

The Plan sets out five levels of response, each with a number of measures designed to help us all lower COVID-19 transmission and setting out what is permitted at that moment in time. It aims to allow society and businesses to be able to operate as normally as possible, while continuing to suppress the virus. Each level outlines what is permitted for social or family gatherings, work and public transport, bars, hotels and restaurants, exercise activities and religious services.

The Plan reflects a careful consideration of the impact of the introduction of restrictions on employment and livelihoods, keeping as many businesses open as possible at different stages, while acknowledging that some businesses and services are critical.

You will be aware that Ireland is now at level 5 of Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. At level 5, only essential retail and essential services are permitted to open and all other retail and services are closed. Bookmaker outlets are have not been classified as essential retailers.

Details of level 5 measures, including essential retail and essential services, are available at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/resilience-recovery-2020-2021-plan-for-living-with-covid-19/

Current regulations and other Statutory Instruments related to the Covid-19 pandemic are available at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/1f150-view-statutory-instruments-related-to-the-covid-19-pandemic/

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