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No audiences for RTE programmes due to coronavirus

By Darragh Murphy

March 12, 2020 at 4:08pm

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There will be no audiences in attendance for upcoming RTE programmes due to concerns over coronavirus.

RTE intend to follow the advice of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in avoiding mass gatherings by removing audiences until further notice.

Staff were made aware of the decision via email on Thursday as employers around the country moved to implement social distancing measures.

The national broadcaster also explained to staff that the current radio and television schedules may need to be altered as part of the new measures.

Access to the RTE's Donnybrook base will also be restricted, with no guests or suppliers allowed into the facility unless it is absolutely essential.

Working from home will be encouraged, as per the advice of Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris after Ireland entered the delay phase of dealing with coronavirus.

Earlier this week, the decision was made to nix plans to broadcast this week's Late Late Show live from Limerick as something of a St. Patrick's Day special. At the time of writing, The Late Late Show is expected to go ahead live from RTE's studios without an audience.

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