The "Coronavirus Act" will determine the life of Ireland until November 2020

Colin Baseman

The law is intended to define actions to address the threats caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as to alleviate the economic and collective consequences of the pandemic.

Full name: The law "About measures of emergency in the name of common interest," Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Bill 2020. The government approved the law and the Irish Parliament passed it on 26 March 2020. It is due to be sanctioned by the country's Senate and signed by Irish President Michael D Higgins.

(COVID-19) Bill 2020 amends several Irish legislations and takes effect "retroactively" partly on 9 March 2020 and partly on 13 March.

The parts of the law relating to social security will be reviewed on May 9, 2020, and the prohibition measures will be reviewed on November 9, 2020. Then some items will undergo extension or invalidation. The implementation of this legislation will cost Ireland approximately €300 million per week.

Some items (Covid-19) of the bill 2020 are prohibitive:

The Covid-19 2020 law prohibits the eviction of tenants and rents. Travelers will not be evicted from their parking lots.

The Ministry of health will get the right:

  • to prohibit activities that limit access to the premises, including to close the company;
  • under certain circumstances, medical professionals will be able to initiate the arrest of suspects in the distribution of Covid-19, place them in quarantine for 14 days;
  • arrest those who refuse to self-isolate;
  • to bring to criminal responsibility.

These points of the law may be revised on November 9, 2020.

Garda employees will be able to enter any premises, arrest and use force against anyone who violates the quarantine measures; demand that an individual or group of individuals provide personal information.

Failure to comply with the quarantine requirements can be punished with a fine (up to €2,500) or a prison sentence of up to 6 months, and both methods of influence can be applied.

Criminal prosecution is provided for the misuse of emergency social benefits, as well as for abuses committed by the heads of organizations and enterprises.

The Minister of health can declare any area of Ireland "susceptible to infection" and introduce additional restrictive measures in consultation with other departments.

Other sections of the "Coronavirus Act” make social support available for residents of Ireland:

  • Thus, the government will provide benefits to those who are ill with Covid-19, have to be quarantined, or have lately lost their jobs because of the pandemic. Currently in effect:
  • Emergency social payments for those who lost their place of work or businesses COVID Pandemic Unemployment Payment;
  • A new Rent Supplement payment plan is being developed;
  • Temporary employee compensation scheme COVID-19 Wage Subsidy.

To note,the state pays 350 euros a week to those who have lost income, even to residents of the country. Here, every week a person relies on the funds from the government, regardless of whether an individual is a citizen of the country or not. Anyone who has lost their job and does not have a source of income can apply for benefits online.

The quarantine was officially extended until May 5. The locals expect that this is not the final date. The conditions for self-isolation are quite strict. Irish people can leave their homes and move within a two-kilometer range. There is a specially created website where users can enter their home address. A red circle will appear on the city map, and they are not allowed to walk further than that.