New measures to allow people to return to work where they can safely implement social distancing have been proposed by Denis Naughten TD.
This would include placing a yellow notice on public access to the workplace outlining how they are complying with social distancing rules.
Speaking in Dáil Eireann today, Denis Naughten said: “We need to open our country; however, we must do so responsibly.
“As a first step, Government should list specific businesses that can open under certain conditions. But we must go further and allow people to act in a responsible and mature manner themselves. That is allow those who can clearly demonstrate social distancing to go back to work.
“There are many who don’t fall neatly into any category but because, for example, they work alone they pose a minimal risk. There are other jobs where several employees can easily comply with social distancing.”
Proposing a yellow notice be placed at the entrance to the workplace or business once it re-opens Denis Naughten said: “This would outline how exactly they are complying with the social distancing rules and also provide the public with a contact number to register a breach or complaint with say an organisation such as the local authority, or the Health & Safety Authority, or a combination of State agencies.
“After such heroic efforts by every citizen in this State to stop the spread of this virus we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances. So, if people breach these rules, then they should be shutdown down immediately and face a stiff fine.”