Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Christopher O'Sullivan (Cork South West, Fianna Fail)
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750. To ask the Minister for Health if clarity will be provided in relation to the measures that need to be taken by restaurants, cafés, publicans and hotels in phase 4 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business from 20 July 2020 onwards (details supplied). [6319/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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On 9 May the “Return to Work Safely Protocol - COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers” was published. It provides clear guidance to employers and to workers on the measures that must be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The Protocol was developed through the cooperation of the Health and Safety Authority, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the HSE and my Department. It is designed to be used by all workplaces to adapt their procedures and practices to provide protection against the threat of COVID-19.

The Protocol is not static. There will be ongoing engagement at a national level between stakeholders on its implementation and it is subject to change in line with the latest public health advice or other developments in order to maximise the protection it will afford in our workplaces.

In the first instance it is the responsibility of individual businesses to determine whether they are in compliance with the requirements of the Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business and the Return to Work Safely Protocol to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. If specific guidance is required in relation to a business activity in a particular sector of the economy that advice should be sought from the Government Department with responsibility for that sector.

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