Wednesday April 1, 2020

Coronavirus Q&A: what do the latest measures mean?

Which businesses have to close, who qualifies for support, emergency housing and health measures and how the government plans to pay for it all

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

24th March, 2020
Leo Varadkar said the new measures were not a “lockdown”, given that people are still allowed to go outside to buy groceries, to travel to work if they absolutely have to and to do physical exercise. Picture:

The cabinet has decided that a long list of “non-essential” businesses have to close to slow the spread of Covid-19.

All theatres, clubs, gyms/leisure centres, hairdressers, betting shops, marts, markets, casinos, bingo halls, libraries and other similar outlets must close.

All non-essential retail outlets are to close to the public. All other retail outlets are to implement physical distancing.

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