Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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989. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he will take to ensure that persons who arrive here by airplane or boat are obliged to give the necessary Covid-19 public health contact information in view of the fact the current voluntary arrangement does not seem robust enough; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5872/20]

Darren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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1056. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the measures which will put in place to ensure persons arriving here by air or sea are abiding by the Covid-19 health restrictions; if he has considered introducing new regulations to make the current quarantine restrictions mandatory; if he has engaged with the Northern Ireland Executive regarding implementing an all-Ireland policy in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6746/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 989 and 1056 together.

The Department of Health is the lead Government Department in relation to public health matters, including COVID-19 and also measures taken at ports and airports in relation to arriving passengers.

Measures to protect public health are decided by the National Emergency Public Health Team within the Department of Health, and my Department and its agencies follow their advice.

All queries in relation to public health should therefore be directed to the Department of Health. You can find more information from the HSE and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre here:

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