Latest lockdown rules: Essential workers permitted to travel for work

If you would like further complimentary advice on the coronavirus from an expert, our advisors are ready to take your call. Call us on 01 886 0350 or request a callback here. Our coronavirus blog also contains the most up-to-date advice for employers and the latest news.

On Friday, March 27th, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the latest government restriction in the fight against coronavirus. The latest decision is that everyone should stay at home until April 12th, 2020.

Under the latest public health guidelines, people may only leave their homes in the following situations:

  • To travel to and from work, or for purposes of work, only where it’s an essential health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home.
  • For vital family reasons. This includes providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people.
  • To attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products.
  • To shop for household goods, essential food, beverage or collect a meal.
  • To take brief individual physical exercise within two kilometres of your home. Children from your household may also go with you as long as you adhere to strict two-metre physical distancing.
  • For farming purposes, that is food production or care of animals.

The government had previously advised that all employees, where possible, should work from home. This advice remains in place.

What action should your business take?

The first step is to refer to the public health guidelines to see if your business qualifies as an essential service provider. If it does, notify employees that they are still required to work.

Any employees (including sub-contractors) who are required to work should be provided with a letter confirming that you’re their employer and that they’re permitted to travel to work as they’re an essential worker.

What action should employees take?

Essential employees, or employees that belong to a category of essential employees, are still allowed to travel to and from work.

When travelling to and from work, these essential employees should bring either work identification or the letter from your business outlined above. They should also bring one other form of identification.

Book a call with a consultant

Complete the form below and a consultant will call you as soon as possible.

Book a call with a consultant

Complete the form below and a consultant will call you as soon as possible.

Latest Resources

Probationary periods and employment contracts affected by new rules

As January is a quiet time for many business owners, it can be a good time to do some HR jobs that have been put […]

Handling employee resignation and notice periods in Ireland

Employee resigning with documents and belongings
How to handle employee resignation and notice periods in Ireland From time to time, an employee resigns to pursue a career outside of your organisation. […]

Employer’s guide to the Organisation of Working Time Act

Employer’s guide to the Organisation of Working Time Act The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. What does this legislation set out to do and […]

Nora Cashe

Peninsula

Nóra studied Law in Griffith College Dublin and qualified as a Barrister in 2008, practising in the area of Criminal law. She is also member of the Irish Employment Law Association.

Nora has extensive experience representing clients at Employment Tribunal hearings, Conciliation / Mediation meetings before both the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. 

Nóra is a member of the Irish Employment Law Association and engages with the WRC Adjudication Service as part of their stakeholder engagement forum.

Deiric McCann

Genos International Europe

Deiric McCann leads Genos International Europe – The EU division of a world-leading provider of emotional intelligence solutions. 

With over two decades experience at the highest levels of management, Deiric supports clients to develop the resilience, emotional intelligence, psychological safety and engagements of their employees.

Rhiannon Coyne

Graphite HRM

Rhiannon Coyne is a Senior HR Consultant at Graphite HRM and will be providing an overview of best practice on how to deal with complaints of bullying and harassment in the workplace. 

With a number of recent updates to employment laws, Rhiannon will take a closer look at employment equality and how it is interlinked to Health & Safety and what employers can learn from recent case laws.

David Begg

Workplace Relations Commission

David Begg was appointed Chairperson of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in January 2021.

David is also a professor at Maynooth University Institute of Social Sciences. Mr Begg’s extensive history in the trade union movement included leading the ESB Officers Association and Irish Congress of Trade Unions, stepping away from the latter in 2001 to chair international aid agency Concern.

David Begg was also previously a director of the Central Bank of Ireland between 1995 and 2010.