A new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020, and updated its classification to that of a pandemic on 11 March 2020.
In Ireland, as the COVID-19 health emergency continues to escalate, the Irish Government introduced a range of measures and restrictions to slow down the spread of this virus and ultimately stop it in its tracks.
The virus and these various restrictions have had a major impact on Irish and international organisations and brought significant challenges and disruption to business.
In order to assist our clients navigate through this crisis, we have responded by pooling our collective knowledge and expertise from across the Firm and formed a dedicated COVID-19 response group and this web portal to assist our clients by providing timely and easily accessible practical information and guidance on key legal issues associated with COVID-19.
This portal is continuously being updated and contains our latest updates on various key legal issues which directors, managers and legal counsel should consider. Such issues range from employer responsibilities to commercial contracts, and from data protection implications to risk minimisation and dispute resolution, and are evolving daily as the virus spreads and governments react.
We hope that the information contained in this COVID-19 portal is useful.
For more information or advice on what COVID-19 may mean for you or your organisation, please contact a member of our COVID-19 team, or your usual ByrneWallace contact.
Publications and legal updates on this website are intended as a guide for reference purposes only and do not purport to be legal advice. Readers are advised to seek independent professional advice before acting on anything contained in these materials.