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29th Mar 2020

The government has issued a full list of essential workers who are exempt from Covid-19 restrictions

James Fenton

The government has issued the full list of essential workers who are exempt from the Covid-19 restrictions that are in place.

On Friday evening, the government announced a series of stringent measures which are aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland. While people were asked not to go further than 2km from their homes for a brief daily exercise over the next two weeks, a number of exemptions were put in place. These include people working in essential services and yesterday a list of was published which outlines which lines of work qualify.

Healthcare workers are included, as are those working in food retail, agriculture and transport. Others on the list include manufacturers of food, repair workers and some construction workers, as long as the work involves ‘essential health and related projects relevant to the Covid-19 crisis, and supplies necessary for such projects.’ People working to repair roads and utility infrastructure are also exempt.

The full list is made up of 16 headings as follows and you can view what each means specifically by following this link.

  1. Agriculture and fishing
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Repair and installation of machinery and equipment
  4. Electricity, gas and water
  5. Construction
  6. Wholesale and retail trade
  7. Transport storage and communication
  8. Accommodation and food services
  9. Information and communications
  10. Financial and legal activities
  11. Professional, scientific and technical activities
  12. Rental and leasing activities
  13. Administrative and support services
  14. Public administration and defence
  15. Human health and social work activities
  16. Community/Voluntary services

The latest Covid-19 measures are scheduled to be in place until Easter Sunday, April 12.

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