Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (604)

Holly Cairns

Question:

604. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Health the system in place for members of the public to report breaches of Covid guidelines by Covid-19 positive patients who have been notified of their positive test results but who continue to work, shop and so on or persons who have returned from abroad and are not adhering to quarantine rules; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2676/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As you will be aware, Ireland is currently at Level 5 of Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) provides information on the steps to be taken when a person receives a positive Covid19 test result at the following link:- https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/test-results/if-you-test-positive-for-covid-19.html

If a person has concerns about the implementation of public health advice in the workplace, they can contact the Health and Safety Authority at wcu@hsa.ie or by phone at 1890 289 389. The Public Health Department of the HSE can be contacted in relation to a person not isolating following a positive test result oat the HSELive Coronavirus Helpline 1850 24 1850.

From the outset of the pandemic, Ireland’s approach to international travel has been centred on advisory public health measures with the exception of the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form, which has been a mandatory requirement for arriving passengers to complete since May. The Government is giving continuing consideration to policy on international travel informed by public health advice and the work of the Senior Officials Group on travel.

Information on all the public health measures in place at level 5 is available here:- https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/#domestic-travel-restrictions