Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (531)

Neale Richmond


531. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his Department considers au pair participants to be essential workers; if so, if specific provisions are in place to allow them to enter the country through essential travel provisions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8323/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Au Pair participants are deemed as essential workers and can continue to operate, like all other childcare providers. Childcare is essential for a parents ability to balance work with family responsibilities, especially those in the workforce on whom we rely to deliver essential services. In addition, a household of an essential worker, without an existing childcare arrangement, can form a bubble with another household for the purpose of providing childcare.

However, insofar as international travel is concerned, there is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel, reinforced by legal measures to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Travellers arriving into Ireland must complete a passenger locator form, have evidence of a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel upon arrival, and undertake mandatory quarantine for 14 days. Travellers who arrive without a relevant test result are required to take a test within 36 hours of arrival. Further information including the very limited exemptions applying, which do not extend to au pair participants, is available on the website:”