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.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that schools, colleges and other public facilities are to close in Ireland from 6pm on 12 March 2020 until 29 March 2020 in response to the spread of COVID-19. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has also caused major transport shutdowns and school closures in countries including Japan, Singapore, Italy and Denmark. Irish and international organisations will need to plan and prepare for the short and medium term effects of COVID-19.
This dedicated COVID-19 section of our website will act as a homepage for our 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 section 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.