Marymount Hospice has been forced to close its doors to all visitors except in exceptional circumstances.
The announcement from the Curraheen medical centre was made this morning on social media.
The oldest hospice in Ireland, operating since 1870, said it sincerely regrets having to make the decision and it was not made lightly.
“We care for vulnerable patients and they need as much protection from this virus as we can possibly provide.
“In addition, we must protect our invaluable staff, who continue to provide essential palliative care and care for the vulnerable older persons during this very difficult time.”
The hospice said that in the event that an essential visit is required by one person, the clinical team will advise accordingly.
“We thank you, the Cork community, for your ongoing support and understanding.”
Last Friday, Marymount CEO Sarah McCloskey released a statement on the ongoing situation saying the Coronavirus pandemic was an unprecedented challenge, but that the centre would remain operating.
“2020 marks Marymount’s 150th year – our services have prevailed through war and civil unrest and throughout Marymount remains an essential thread tightly woven into the community of Cork...
“There will be a brief pause in our ongoing fundraising calendar of events. However, we know that with your support and, in our Taoiseach’s words, we will prevail into the future.”