COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) a public health emergency of international concern.

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Ireland is well-positioned to detect and respond to cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Latest News – last updated on Friday, March 27th 2020

  • Government announce significant new restrictions. Read more here.
  • The Government announced a National Covid-19 Income Support Scheme. Read more here.
  • Download the COVID-19 Information Booklet here. Listen to an audio version of the COVID-19 information booklet on Soundcloud here.
  • Social distancing is an essential part of slowing the spread of #coronavirus. In order to pull together, we must stay apart
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlines further Covid-19 measures, says everybody must stay at home from midnight tonight until Easter Sunday, 12 April
  • The Government has updated the list of retail outlets which it has deemed essential enough to remain open despite the new Covid-19 restrictions. Read more here.
  • Wicklow County Council Offices and the Municipal District Offices in Bray, Arklow, Greystones, Wicklow Town and Blessington are closed to the public until further notice.
  • A reminder to companies that Income Support Scheme available for those affected by COVID crisis. Read more here.
  • Minister Humphreys Welcomes EU Approval on €200m Fund to Support Irish Business during COVID-19 Crisis. Read more here.
  • Wicklow County Council is providing a dedicated FREE contact number 1800 86 83 99 with the lines open from 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. Contact email address for this new service is The Helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. Read more here. 

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar issues a statement in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

The following measures are currently in effect:

  • Schools, colleges and childcare facilities are closed from the evening of 12 March
  • Indoor mass gatherings of 100 people or more and outdoor mass gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled
  • All State-run cultural institutions are closed
  • All pubs have been advised to close
  • People have also been asked not to have house parties
  • Where it is possible to work remotely people should do so
  • Public transport will continue

A rundown of the new restrictions announced by the government on Tuesday, March 24th 2020:

  • Only go to the shops for essential items.
  • People can go outside for physical activities.
  • No gatherings of more than four people, unless from the same household.
  • From midnight, theatres, club, gyms/leisure centres, hairdressers, betting shops, marts, markets, casinos, bingo halls are to shut.
  • All cafes and restaurants should limit supply to takeaways and deliveries only.
  • All non-essential retail outlets to close.
  • An increased presence of rangers and gardaí in parks.
  • Hotels to limit occupancy to essential non-social and non-tourist business.
  • All sporting events cancelled.
  • All scheduled cruise ship travel to Ireland not going ahead.
  • All places of worship to restrict numbers entering at any one time.
  • All crowded places, including public amenities, should be avoided.
  • All organised social indoor or outdoor events of any size are not to take place.
  • All holiday/caravan parks to close.

From midnight March 28th the following restrictions will be in place until Easter Sunday on 12 April.

Everybody must stay at home in all circumstances except for the following:

  • To travel to and from work for the purposes of work only where the work is essential health, social care or other essential service or cannot be done from home a list of these will be provided.
  • To shop for food or household goods or collect a meal.
  • To attend medical appointments or collect medicines and other health products.
  • For vital family reasons such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people.
  • To take brief individual personal exercise within 2km of your own home which may include children from your own household as long as you adhere to 2-metre physical distancing.
  • 2km travel limit does NOT apply to food shopping.
  • For farming purposes that is food production and care of animals.
  • All public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.
  • This prohibition includes social family visits that are not for vital reasons already mentioned.
  • Adult community education centres and local community centres will be shut
  • All non-essential surgery and health procedures and all other non-essential health services will be postponed.
  • All visits to hospitals, residential healthcare settings and prisons are to cease, with specific exceptions on compassionate grounds.
  • Shielding or cocooning will be introduced for all those 70 years of age and specified categories of people who are extremely vulnerable to Covid-19.
  • Travel to our offshore islands will be limited to residents of those islands.
  • Pharmacists will be permitted to dispense medicines outside of the current period of validity with an existing prescription in line with the pharmacists’ clinical judgement.
  • All public transport and passenger travel will be restricted to essential workers and people providing essential services.
  • Outside of the reasons listed there is to be no travel outside a 2km radius of your home for any reason.

Financial measures:

  • A temporary wage subsidy of 70% of take-home pay up to a maximum weekly tax-free amount of €410 per week to help affected companies keep paying their employees. This is the equivalent of €500 per week before tax.
  • Workers who have lost their jobs due to the crisis will receive an enhanced emergency Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €350 per week (an increase from €203).
  • The Covid-19 illness payment will also be increased to €350 per week
  • The self-employed will be eligible for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €350.
  • Enhanced protections for people facing difficulties with their mortgages, rent or utility bills it follows from a range of supports already in place to help business through the crisis.
  • An eligible employer will be supported up to 70% of an employee’s take-home income up to a maximum weekly tax-free payment of €410 (i.e. 70% of take-home weekly income of €38,000 per annum).
  • The scheme will provide support on incomes up to €76,000 or twice average earnings. It will be capped at net €350 for incomes between €38,000 and €76,000.
  • The employer is expected to make best efforts to maintain as close to 100% of normal income as possible for the subsidised period.
  • Wicklow County Council is providing a dedicated FREE contact number 1800 86 83 99 with the lines open from 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. Contact email address for this new service is The Helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. Read more here.

Irish Government’s Action Plan

The Government has already signed off a 3 billion euro package for health, social welfare and business. The Irish Government’s Action Plan for confronting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be downloaded here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) posters and resources

Access all the Coronavirus (COVID-19) posters and resources here.

Use these posters, booklets and videos in workplaces and communities to raise awareness about preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Shop local first 

Bray Chamber, Bray Municipal District – Wicklow County Council and are calling on the people of #Bray to shop local first when shopping online over the coming days and weeks.

We want to promote local businesses and retailers that are still open for business and we’re appealing to you to contact them with your details, Are you offering:

  1. Take outs/collection service
  2. Online business/shop
  3. Vouchers
  4. Special offers

Send in your details to so we can share via social media and online.

There is a list of local businesses that we’re currently aware are operating during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) here.

Wicklow County Council Updates 

In light of the announcement by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar yesterday (Thursday, March 12th 2020) and the guidelines issued by the Department of Health in the interest of public safety, Wicklow County Council wishes to advise that there will be an impact on certain services over the period of 13th March – 29th March.

For the duration of this period, and until further notice:

  • Wicklow County Council Offices and the Municipal District Offices in Bray, Arklow, Greystones, Wicklow Town and Blessington are closed to the public until further notice. While the offices are closed Council staff are available to deal with queries relating to essential services and members of the public are encouraged to make contact by phone and email. The motor taxation office and cash office are closed to the public however payments can be made electronically or by phone and motor tax can be renewed online or submitted by post. The planning counter is also closed however applicants can submit applications by post and make contact by telephone on 0404 20100 or email
  • All Wicklow County Council libraries are closed to the public until March 29th. All events scheduled in the library buildings during this time are also cancelled. Online services remain in place.
  • All Wicklow County Council Playgrounds are closed.
  • The Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones/Greystones to Bray is closed.
  • The public toilets at Bray Seafront are closed
  • Bray, Arklow, Greystones and Wicklow Swimming Pools are closed as is Wicklow Gaol.
  • Bray Head Car Park is closed.
  • Both Bray north and south beach car parks are closed.
  • Food Kiosks on Bray Seafront are closed.
  • Recycling centres remain open.

Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Mr Frank Curran, said: “The Council is taking action to minimise the spread of the virus. Council staff will work to ensure a continuity of service across our key operations. The Council’s Crisis Management team meets daily to monitor the situation as well as liaising with Government Departments and Agencies across the Eastern Region”.

The Council is asking the general public to follow the Department of Health’s advice and keep themselves informed.

Further information and updates will be posted on the Council website

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments you would like to ask or tell us.


Bray Municipal District
Civic Offices
Main Street,
Bray, Co. Wicklow

Email address

Phone: 01 2744900

Fax: 01 2860930 VPN: 1035 4900

Please contact the customer care section for any queries: 01-2744900

In the event of an emergency out of normal working hours, you can contact our call answering service by dialling 01 2744900 and selecting 0.

Protect yourself and others

To protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to think about how the virus is spread.

Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect you, it has to get from an infected person’s nose or mouth into your eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). Keep this in mind. It will help you remember all the things you need to do to protect yourself and others from the virus.


Follow this advice as strictly as possible and encourage others to follow this advice too.



  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Do not share objects that touch your mouth – for example, bottles, cups.

Wash your hands

You should wash your hands:

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • before and after eating
  • before and after preparing food
  • if you were in contact with someone who has a fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing)
  • after being on public transport or in a crowd (especially an indoor crowd)
  • if you have handled animals or animal waste
  • before having a cigarette or vaping
  • if your hands are dirty
  • after toilet use

Keep your hands in good condition, moisturise them often. Any basic product that is not perfumed or coloured is OK.

Do not wear gloves instead of washing your hands. The virus gets on them in the same way it gets on your hands. Also, your hands can get contaminated when you take them off.

Read a step-by-step guide on how to properly wash your hands and avoid infection.

Face masks

Using masks is unlikely to be of any benefit if you are not sick.

Sick people will be advised by their doctor when to use a mask. Healthcare workers need masks and other personal protective equipment to protect them from infection during their work.

Public Health Advice Leaflet

Bilingual public health advice leaflet can be downloaded here.

Travelling to Ireland

For the latest travel advice, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website here.

More information 

The Government of Ireland’s website and HSE website are providing the most up to date information to citizens and businesses:



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