Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI)) has today confirmed that visiting restrictions are now in place in nursing homes nationwide.
No non-essential visiting of children or groups will be allowed.
All visitors are asked to contact the nursing home prior to attending. Visitors should only seek to attend in urgent circumstances and the management reserve the right to impose full restrictions where necessary.
CEO of NHI Tadgh Daly says they are urging prospective visitors to nursing homes to be aware and understanding of the measure that is required in the interest of resident and staff safety.
Older people and people in nursing homes with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly vulnerable if they contact the virus and he says nursing homes are imposing the visitor restrictions in the best interests of residents and staff.
NHI is monitoring the evolving situation on an ongoing basis and is in continuous contact with the Department of Health, National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), HSE and all relevant health authorities.