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You will be aware of the Taoiseach’s announcement on upgraded measures to protect public health in relation to Covid-19. The announcement stated that colleges, schools and childcare facilities (creches etc.) are to close from 6pm today. It advised that indoor gatherings exceeding 100 persons and outdoor gatherings of more than 500 persons should not go ahead. This statement covers the period up until 29 March 2020.
- The Department is very much aware that voluntary youth organisations may have concerns as to the availability of funding during this unprecedented period of action to protect public health. It wishes to confirm that funding will continue as normal throughout this period.
- Organisations should record the impact on services for future reporting to the Department. They should also record innovative solutions for maintaining services to young people, particularly vulnerable young people.
The Data Commissioner has also provided advice in relation to the sharing of information.
The Department will issue further communications as the situation evolves.