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 Monday, May 18th, 2020
The roadmap sets out Ireland’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions on:
Download the roadmap for reopening society and business here.
People are being urged to Stay at Home except for the following reasons:
- To go to work if your workplace is open and you cannot work from home
- To shop for items you need
- To exercise within 5km
- For medical reasons or to care for others
- To meet friends or family within 5km in groups of no more than four
- Outdoor workers (construction, gardeners, allotments etc) can return to work
It is also advising people to wear face coverings when using busy public transport and in enclosed indoor public settings, along with adhering to all other advice on social distancing and hand washing.
The following retailers can open:
- Hardware stores, builders’ merchants, and stores that provide supplies and tools essential for gardening, farming and agriculture
- Opticians/optometrists/outlets providing hearing test services, selling hearing aids and appliances
- Retailers involved in the sale of, supply and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles and related facilities
- Office products and services
- Electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home
An additional hygiene measure has been announced:
- The use of face coverings on busy public transport or in enclosed indoor public areas, such as retail.
- Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the wearing of face coverings is advisory and is not a legal requirement.
- This is in addition to the advice to wash hands regularly, maintain two-metre physical distance when possible, to sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow, and to stay at home and isolate if sick.
Other important news updates
- 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 to until 5 May
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
- Leaving Cert exams postponed until late July or August, Junior Cert exams cancelled. Read more here.
In This Together
On the In This Together page here you will find lots of advice and tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing, stay active and stay connected. In This Together draws together a huge range of activities that you can pursue in your home or your locality, by yourself or with family members or with friends online. There are ideas and activities for people of all ages.
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
As we emerge out of this crisis, Bray Chamber, Bray Municipal District – Wicklow County Council and bray.ie‘s message is simply please: invest in our town, shop local first and let’s have unity in our community. Read more here for ways to help!
There’s a list of local businesses that we’re currently aware are operating during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) here.
#coronavirus presents a new set of challenges to all businesses, let’s work together in #Bray and support those close to us, as a community, we can all get through it together. Please see https://t.co/teR83SmrJy for ways to help! #ShopLocalFirst pic.twitter.com/l8CpuKmEMd
— bray.ie (@bray_ie) April 2, 2020
bray.ie and braychamber.ie will continue to promote local businesses who are currently trading or planning on reopening safely inline with the Governments roadmap for reopening society and business.
In order for us to update local consumers on planned reopening’s, we are calling on the local business community to simply tell us about it and we will do our best to re-share via our website and social networks.
To submit your business information please click here.
Business Support Hub
We know that the COVID-19 crisis is presenting severe financial challenges for businesses so we have put together some practical hints, tips, supports and links to help you along the way. Read more here.
Bray Community Enterprise
Bray Community Enterprise is offering FREE online information and advice to individuals in receipt of a social welfare payment who want to explore setting up their own business or becoming self-employed – as well as free online workshops for existing clients to help them through this crisis. Read more here.
Wicklow County Council Updates
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Wicklow County Council will reopen a number of car parks which have been closed since March on Monday next (May 18th) following discussions with An Garda Siochana, OPW, Coillte and the National Parks and Wildlife service.
- Phase 1 of the Government’s roadmap for reopening society and business provides for the reopening of open outdoor public amenities and tourism sites (eg carparks, beaches and mountain walks etc) with effect from Monday the 18th of May, where people are non-stationary and where a 2m physical distance can be maintained.
- Members of the public are being urged to adhere to the current 5km national restriction on public movement which will be enforced by An Garda Siochana.
- Parking restrictions continue to remain at a number of locations around the County and recreational and other facilities such as playgrounds, outdoor gyms and public toilets remain closed until further notice. The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk as well as the Beach Cliff Walk to Wicklow Head also remain closed. A full list is set out below and further details are on the Council’s website.
- The Council urges people to adhere to the advice of the HSE. Stay at home and stay safe. If you must go outdoors this weekend, stay within 5kms of home, do not meet in groups and keep to the 2m physical distance. Further information and updates will be posted on the Council’s website, Wicklow.ie.
- Recycling Facilities: Recycling facilities at Bray, Wicklow, Arklow, Avoca and Rampere are open on weekdays. Further details are available on the Council’s website.
- Community Call: The County Wicklow Community Call helpline service continues to operate over the weekend during the hours of 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Telephone: 1800 868 399 or email email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>. Trained staff are available to co-ordinate assistance to elderly and vulnerable persons.
- Water conservation: Wicklow County Council wishes to advise members of the public to please conserve water where possible over the weekend. Irish Water and Wicklow County Council are asking the public, both householders and businesses, to help in maintaining vital water and wastewater services by conserving water, where possible. In particular, non-domestic customers are asked to turn off all non-essential water in buildings which are not going to be in use for a period of time, including, for example, the automatic flushing of urinals. Domestic users are asked to refrain from using hosepipes for watering gardens/ washing cars etc. Irish Water is also appealing to the public to check for and report leaks to 1850 278 278.
Public Car Parks reopening from 18th of May:
- Upper car park at Glendalough
- South Beach car park, Mill Road, Greystones
- Park and Ride, Woodlands Avenue, Greystones
- Trafalgar Road, car park, Greystones
- La Touche Road car park, Greystones
- Harbour/Marina public car park, Greystones
- Bray Head car park
- Brittas Bay car parks north and south
- Sugarloaf car park
- Seaview Avenue car park, Arklow
- South Beach car park ArklowThe Cove car park Arklow
- Knockieran and Baltyboys car parks
- Bray Harbour
Parking restrictions will be in place at:
- Bellevue Hill, at Kindlestown Woods entrance, Greystones
- Sea Road, Kilcoole, at Kilcoole train station
- Sea Road, Newcastle, at the beach railway level crossing access
- Magheramore Beach Wicklow
- Sallygap Wicklow
- The Strand Road Bray
Recreational and other facilities remain closed:
- All Wicklow County Council playgrounds
- Outdoor gyms
- Glen Beach Cliff Walk to Wicklow Head
- Dr. Ryan Park, Kindlestown, Greystones
- The Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones/Greystones to Bray
- Public toilets at Bray Seafront.
Further information and updates will be posted on the Council website wicklow.ie.
Please contact us if you have any questions or comments you would like to ask or tell us.
Bray Municipal District
Bray, Co. Wicklow
Email address BrayMD@wicklowcoco.ie
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.
— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) March 11, 2020
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) March 22, 2020
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.
People urged not to call emergency numbers for Covid-19 tests https://t.co/QWSsg6ShFR
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 16, 2020
Follow this advice as strictly as possible and encourage others to follow this advice too.
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) March 13, 2020
- Wash your hands properly and often.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
- Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are not well.
- Follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
- Stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have.
- 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.
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.
The Government of Ireland’s website and HSE website are providing the most up to date information to citizens and businesses: