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Back To Work Safely Protocol.

Guidance On Compliance For Thurles & Tipperary Small Businesses

Liberty Square, Thurles.

As part of Phase 1 of Ireland’s roadmap for re-opening, many small businesses are returning to work.

To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, the “Return to Work Safely Protocol” has been designed and issued. (Visit HERE.)

This “Return to Work Safely Protocol”, is the result of a collaborative effort by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA); the Health Services Executive (HSE); the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

In order to comply fully with the COVID-19 related public health protection measures identified as necessary by the HSE; the Protocol should be used by all workplaces.

Employers, small businesses owners and managers will need to adapt procedures and practices as outlined by this protocol. Please note also, that workplaces may be the subject of inspection and the compliance of small businesses will be assessed.

To help employers, small business owners and managers to implement the protocol, two templates and seven checklists have been made available by the HSA. (Visit HERE.)

Templates:

Return to Work Form.
COVID-19 Response Plan.

Employer Checklists:

Checklist 1: Planning and Preparing.
Checklist 2: Control Measures to Prevent Infection.
Checklist 3: COVID-19 Induction.
Checklist 4: Dealing with a Suspected Case of COVD-19.
Checklist 5: Cleaning and Disinfection.

Employee Checklist:

Checklist 6: Workers.

Worker Representative(s) Checklist:

Checklist 7: Worker Representative(s) Checklist.
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Covid-19 Update: Wed. 6th May 2020 – 37 Deaths – 265 New Cases

The number of virus cases confirmed here in the Premier County; (as at midnight on Monday, May 4th last), have risen from 486 to 501; an increase of a further 15 new cases now being confirmed, over the past 24-hour period.

The Department of Health has confirmed this evening that a further 37 people have tragically died from the Covid-19 virus, here in the Republic of Ireland. These latest figures bring the death toll, from this pandemic, to 1,375.

A total of 265 new cases of the coronavirus have also, today, been identified here in the Republic, bringing the total since conception to 22,248.

Meanwhile, yesterday saw the lowest increase of cases; in total 211, since March 29th last.

Welcome news for overworked essential healthcare employees

From May 18th the Department of Children will oversee the provision of childcare in the homes of 5,000 essential healthcare workers. The cost will be paid for by tax payers, with a small parental contribution required of €90 per family per week; thus providing same essential healthcare workers with 45 hours of childcare per week.
Childcare workers volunteering for this scheme will be paid on average €15 per hour, while the taxpayer would also cover employer PRSI.

Please Try To Stay Safe

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Government Contemplate Steps For A Return To Business & Employment

Hereunder, can be seen the 5 steps and their possible implementation dates being contemplated by our Irish caretaker government in relation to the current COVID-19 virus pandemic. Same steps are expected to be introduced in an effort to return Ireland to some sort of reasonable normality, as the COVID-19 virus curve flattens.

Phase 1 (May 18th, 2020)

  1. Allow outdoor meetings between people from different households.
  2. Open up childcare for healthcare workers.
  3. Phased return of outdoor workers.
  4. Open retailers which are primarily outdoor or those which were open during first level of restriction (e.g. opticians).
  5. Opening of certain outdoor public amenities.

Phase 2 (June 8th, 2020)

  1. Allow visits to households.
  2. Develop plans and supports to open up business with consideration for safety of staff and customers.
  3. Open small retail outlets and marts where social distancing can be observed.
  4. Open public libraries.

Phase 3 (June 29th, 2020)

  1. Allow small social gatherings.
  2. Opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers in phased manner.
  3. Return to work for those with low levels of interaction.
  4. Open non-essential retail outlets with street level entrance and exit.
  5. Open playgrounds.

Phase 4 (July 20th, 2020)

  1. Opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of all other workers on a gradually increasing basis.
  2. Return to work for those who cannot work from home.
  3. Gradual easing of restrictions for higher risk services (e.g. Hairdressers).
  4. Opening of museums, galleries, places of worship.

Phase 5 (August 10th, 2020)

  1. Allow larger social gatherings.
  2. Return to work across all sectors.
  3. On a phased basis, commencing at the beginning of the academic year, 2020/2021, opening of primary and secondary schools and 3rd level institutions.
  4. Further easing of restrictions on high risk retail services.
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Covid-19 – Tough Times Ahead But This Too Shall Pass

Ask ‘What can I do?’

Last night’s somewhat emotional ‘State of the Irish Nation Address‘ by our caretaker Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar, showed great sincerity, empathy and leadership, while calmly warning this country, as a whole, on what to expect during this Covid-19 global pandemic.

While sincerity and empathy can be classified as welcome personal qualities, Leadership above all is about keeping our small nation collective and driven towards a common goal.

Ely’s Centra, Inver, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.

Meanwhile here in our Thurles community, leadership is being shown by at least two businesses in particular:-

(A) John Lacy – Lacy’s Butchers, Friar Street, Thurles.

Using Social Media he and his staff state:- “We are open for Business this week. However, with the growing seriousness of the Covid-19 virus in Ireland, please help us by taking on board a few cautious steps & little tips”.
If possible, ring in your order on Tel. No. 0504-21447 with an estimated time for collection. (please allow at least 90 minutes)
If possible, call/collection, Max of 2 customers in premises together
and wait outside until only one customer remains in the premises.
We love our customers one & all, however during this difficult time, please keep visits & chit chat short and sweet, we will catch up properly when this all blows over.
Please where possible pay by CONTACT LESS.
Please keep with guidelines by practising personal protective hygiene.

Thank you, Lacey’s Butchers.

(B) Ely’s Supermarket – Ely’s Centra, Inver, The Mall, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.

Again, using Social Media, the proprietors of Ely’s Supermarket and their staff are offering a ‘Home Delivery Service’.
Consumers can call them on Tel. No. 0504-23778, to place their orders.
Note also, from here you can obtain DVD/Blu-ray rentals, to keep your children of all ages fully entertained.

Any other businesses wishing to tell us about their leadership efforts in this time of crisis? Why not contact us here on Thurles.Info.

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Lowry Welcomes Funding Of €545,540, Through ORIS

Michael Lowry TD

Independent Tipperary TD Mr Michael Lowry welcomes funding of €545,540 to Tipperary, through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS).

Deputy Michael Lowry is delighted to confirm that two projects in Co. Tippeary will share funding of €545,540 through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) 2019. The ORIS is funded through the Department of Rural and Community Development and Fáilte Ireland.

The details of the approved projects in Tipperary are:
Under Measure 2: Garrykennedy Amenity will receive funding of €45,540 for the replacement of timber decking and footbridges, with further improvements to benefit wheelchair access.

Under Measure 3: Suir Blueway Tipperary will receive €500,000 for Infrastructure Enhancement works to improve the existing canoe trail which forms part of the River Suir Blueway project including river access works and trail refurbishment works.

Mr Lowry, in concluding this announcement stated, “This funding will make a huge difference to the ongoing maintenance and development of these outdoor recreation facilities in Co. Tipperary.
There is no doubting the huge importance of both these projects to local residents and tourists alike, who use and continue to benefit greatly from these facilities. I am pleased that my support for these projects has played a central role in facilitating this funding announced today”
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