COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

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 – Wednesday, August 19th 2020

On Tuesday, August 18th the Government introduced stronger enforcement measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the new rules are effective immediately and will be in place until at least September 13th 2020.

They include:

  1. Face coverings must be worn in all shops and retail settings and shopping centres. Retail staff will also be required to wear them unless there is a partition in place or there is a space of 2 metres between them and customers.
  2. All businesses should allow staff to work from home where possible.
  3. All visits to homes will be limited to six people from outside the home, from no more than three households. This applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings.
  4. People over the age of 70 are advised to limit their interactions to a small network, avoid public transport, and shop during designated hours.
  5. All outdoor events and gatherings will be limited to 15 people, down from 200.
  6. Indoor events will be reduced from 50 people to just six people, except for businesses such as shops and restaurants.
  7. Indoor weddings and some religious services, such as mass, are exempt from the new restrictions, meaning they can still take place with up to 50 people.
  8. People are being advised to use their own judgement with regards to attending mass, but the Taoiseach has reassured Mass-goers that measures are in place to attend safely.
  9. Restaurants and cafes can remain open, with a mandatory closing time of 11.30 pm.
  10. Legislation will be introduced to enable gardaí to immediately close down any pub or facility that is abusing public health measures.
  11. The Government will also consider the reopening of pubs that do not serve food at the end of August.
  12. The ministers for health and justice are considering introducing legislation to give additional powers to gardaí and other agencies to enforce public health measures.
  13. All sporting events will now take place behind closed doors. There will be strict avoidance of social gatherings before and after matches. Training sessions should follow the rule of six people indoors and 15 outdoors.
  14. Children’s summer camps can continue but should be kept to the same group of 15 children.
  15. Gyms can remain open but no more than six people will be allowed in an exercise class at any given time.
  16. Public transport should be avoided where possible.
  17. The wearing of face coverings is advised on private transport if households are mixed.
  18. Schools will reopen as planned, but work needs to be done to make school transport safer.
  19. Local lockdowns in counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois will be considered by NPHET on Thursday.

Read more here.

Download the COVID Tracker app

COVID Tracker is a free app for your mobile phone. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland.

Using the COVID Tracker app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

The app can:

  • alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
  • alert other app users that you were in close contact with if you test positive for COVID-19

Download the app here.

Face coverings and other public health measures in place right now

Ireland is now in Phase 3 of the government’s roadmap for reopening society and business.

Most businesses, services and cultural activities can now reopen. You are now also allowed to travel throughout the country.

With the reopening of society, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease. The risk of getting COVID-19 is now part of our daily lives and will remain so for the foreseeable future. We are all vulnerable to this virus and some people, particularly those over 70 and the medically vulnerable, are still at a greater risk of becoming seriously ill.

Physical distancing should continue to be maintained at all times.

You are still advised to:

  • wash your hands well and often
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing, and discard used tissue safely
  • distance yourself at least 2 metres away from other people, especially those who might be unwell
  • limit your contact with others when out and about
  • keep your close contacts to a small number of people
  • limit the amount of time you spend in direct contact with other people
  • avoid crowded areas. If an area looks busy, go somewhere else or return at a quieter time
  • wear a face-covering in situations where physical distancing is not possible, for example, shops and shopping centres, or if you are meeting someone who is vulnerable to the virus, for example, people who are extremely medically vulnerable and people over 70 years. Wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others. Guidance on safe use of face coverings is available here
  • keep a log of all of your contacts throughout the day

Know the symptoms of COVID-19.

They are:

If you have symptoms, self-isolate and contact your GP immediately.

Please scroll down for specific for Wicklow County Council Updates 

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
  • 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.

In This Together

Below 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.

Some people might find this time more worrying than others and may need some extra support on the phone or online. Read more here.

Whatever you are going through in isolation, let’s stay connected and make it through, together.

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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‘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! and 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.

Reopening Committee 

A special committee has been established by Wicklow County Council to co-ordinate the re-opening of Bray for business and trade.

The Reopening Committee will work in partnership with local stakeholders, including members of Bray Chamber of Commerce, the Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána to plan for a considered, responsible return to civic life which is vital to help to restart the local economy in the town.

 This is in line with the Government’s phased roadmap for re-opening the country socially and economically.

 Topics the Re-opening Committee will consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Looking at workable solutions so that businesses can re-open safely from queuing in public spaces, delivery times to waste collection times
  • Temporary changes in the town centre to make it safer and more spacious for pedestrians to encourage social distancing including looking at the feasibility of widening pavements, pedestrianised zones, putting up new signage, setting down two-metre marker dots to provide a ‘visual guide’, removal of some on-street parking, the introduction of one-way systems, relocating bus stops and the removal of street furniture
  • Business and public consultation

Initial measures will be kept under review and enable wider recovery using the advice provided by the Government.

The Committee is keen to work closely with businesses and the local community, to find new and innovative ways to keep everyone safe in this “new normal”.

Cllr Anne Ferris, Cathaoirleach, Bray Municipal District, said: “The Committee will be focusing on understanding best practices, planning for protections and protocols that businesses and residents will need in place in order to feel confident about resuming activities, once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted but as a society, we all have a collective responsibility to ensure that reopening proceeds smoothly and safely.”

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 reopened to the public on Monday, June 29th on a phased basis in line with the Government Roadmap for re-opening society and business.

Wicklow County Buildings 

Opening hours 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. by appointment only.  Members of the public presenting without an appointment cannot be admitted having regard to construction works currently taking place in the foyer area and limited space available.

Members of the public can make an appointment via the following contact details:

  • Housing 0404 20120
  • Planning 0404 20148
  • Motor Taxation (Motor taxation can be renewed online and or posted to County
  • Buildings for processing) 0404 20141
  • Revenue 0404 20141
  • Environment 0404 20236
  • Transportation 0404 20181
  • Reception 0404 20100

The Municipal District offices at Bray, Greystones, Arklow, Wicklow and Baltinglass/Blessington will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. contact details below:

Blessington Motor Tax office has increased its service to two days per week  (Tuesday’s and Wednesday) from 29th June to 13th July, between the hours of 9.30 am to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Bray Motor Tax office has increased its service to five days per week from 29th June to 13th July, between the hours 9.30 am to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Housing services, Bray Municipal District:  Members of the public are asked to make contact in advance or by telephoning (01) 2744900 if they wish to make an appointment to meet with a member of the housing staff in the Bray Municipal District Offices.

Libraries:  All of Wicklow Libraries are open for full browsing service from Monday 29th of June.

Members of the public are encouraged not to visit the public offices unnecessarily.  Where possible payments can be made electronically or by phone, motor taxation can be renewed online or submitted by post.  Planning applications can also be submitted by post.  Members of the public visiting Council offices will be required to adhere to the measures which have been put in place to facilitate physical distancing and to ensure the safety of our staff and members of the public.

When making an appointment, members of the public will be required to complete a brief health and safety questionnaire regarding COVID 19 in order to minimise the risk of the spread of the virus, this information will be retained on file for 30 days to facilitate contact tracing if necessary but will be destroyed thereafter.

Municipal District Offices Contact details:  

Bray Municipal District
01 2744900 

Arklow Municipal District
0402 42700

Greystones Municipal District
01 2876694

Baltinglass Municipal District
045 891222

Blessington Office
045 891222

Tinahely Office
0402 38174

Wicklow Municipal District
0404 20173

Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and public toilets, including Brittas Bay, Glendalough and Bray promenade, are open.

The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk has now reopened as of Tuesday, June 30th.

While car parks are open, parking restrictions continue to remain at a number of locations. The Beach Cliff Walk to Wicklow Head remains closed, including the Glen Turn car park serving this location, due to physical distancing concerns.

Community Call:  The County Wicklow Community Call helpline service continues to operate over the weekend during the hours of 9 am to 5 pm and during the week, Telephone:   1800 868 399 or email  Trained staff are available to co-ordinate assistance to elderly and vulnerable persons.

Wicklow County Council would like to thank members of the public in advance for their patience and understanding.  Council staff have throughout the COVID 19 crisis worked to ensure a continuity of service across our key operations.  The safety of our employees and members of the public remain our priority.  These measures will be kept under review as the Council works towards phase 4 of the Government Road Map to reopening society and business.

Further information and updates will be posted on the Council’s website,

Please contact Bray Municipal District if you have any questions or comments:


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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