Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (863)

Niall Collins


863. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health his views on the actions of an employer (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26694/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Close consideration has been given by Government to Ireland's policy approach on overseas travel.  An electronic passenger locator form was launched on 26 August, which supports an enhanced system of engagement with arriving passengers including the issuing of targeted public health messages by text and email.

I am supportive of work towards a coordinated approach on intra-EU travel and have welcomed the publication of the EU Commission proposal as an important first step. Discussions at EU level are ongoing to ensure the proposal in order to achieves the right balance between coordination on travel and the public health concerns of Member States.

Until a common EU approach is in place, the Government Green List will continue to be published and updated weekly to ensure that the appropriate public health measures apply based on the assessed level of risk in the country a person has travelled from.

The current public advice for business travellers is published on www.gov.ie as follows:

 If you are travelling for essential business or work purposes from a location that is not on the green list

You may need to travel here for essential work, if this expertise is not available locally. You are still asked to follow public health advice and restrict your movements when you're not working.

You may need to travel overseas from Ireland for essential work. If you do, you are asked to restrict your movements when you return.

I would ask that businesses and individuals follow this advice, and indeed all public health advice, as closely as they can.