Yesterday the Irish Government announced that an additional 650 accommodation spaces will be introduced across the country starting over the next few days. Some of these spaces will be in Cork.
People in Direct Provision centres who are considered to be highly vulnerable to the Corona Virus will be moved out to this new accommodation. Centre Management will have the details of who is to be moved from Glenvera on this coming Saturday the 4th of April. Those being moved are considered to be more vulnerable to Covid-19. There is no reason to believe they are of risk to you. They are just more likely to have more complications if they get the virus.
The Government wants to keep people living in Direct Provision safe. They have said that they are concerned about the following:
According to the Government announcement, visiting others in their homes is currently NOT PERMITTED
If you have a special reason why you believe you need to visit other people in other locations OR to stay out over night then you MUST discuss this with Centre Management and get permission first. If you do not do this, you should be aware that Centre Management have been instructed by Government agencies to stop those who break the rules from re-entering Direct Provision centres in order to protect other residents.
Brij has been advised that most residents are complying with the rules and we understand that this is very difficult at the moment.
Official advice on restrictions & health precautions are summarised on our Health Advice and Official Information pages.
Stay Safe & Take Care
Ministers Flanagan and Stanton announce significant increase in Direct Provision accommodation as part of emergency response to COVID-19 pandemic
Dept of Justice & Equality Press Release 31 March 2020
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., and his colleague, the Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration, Integration and Equality, David Stanton, T.D. have announced that more than 650 new beds have been procured to support international protection applicants during the COVID-19 crisis.
Making the announcement today, Minister Flanagan said:
“Intensive work has been underway in my Department since the emergence of the COVID-19 crisis to ensure that to the best of our ability, we protect the health and welfare of asylum seekers and refugees availing of direct provision services. Our officials have now secured over 650 additional beds which will provide valuable additional accommodation to support the measures required for vulnerable residents; the provision of offsite accommodation for self-isolation; and will help with social distancing measures by reducing overall numbers in some existing centres. This is a critical part of our overall strategy to protect our residents. At all times, we are guided by the HSE and the National Public Health Emergency Team and we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all applicants.”
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