The Taoiseach has stressed the importance of people staying connected while maintaining physical or social distance during the coronavirus outbreak, with a number of new measures announced today to help achieve this.
Amongst these measures, postmen and women in Cork and across the country are to begin collecting letters and parcels from older and more vulnerable members of the community, which will be posted at no charge for these people.
They are also to begin checking in on older and vulnerable people living in the community, and will take messages and connect to local shops, pharmacists and through to a wider network of support organisations.
Starting next week, An Post is also going to begin delivering newspapers, focusing first on older and vulnerable people in the community.
It says registration for this will go live over the weekend, and there will be no additional delivery cost for citizens.
Meanwhile, a Covid-19 Public Information booklet will be delivered to every household in the country over the coming days, which provides information about Ireland and Covid-19 including how the Government is responding, the symptoms of Covid-19 and how you should self-isolate.
“We now live in a world that has been transformed utterly, perhaps forever. To protect each other we have to keep at a physical distance, but we still must stay connected. An Post is helping us do that,” said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The Taoiseach encouraged everyone to read the new information booklet when it arrives.
“We may think we know what we should be doing, but we live in an age where truths, half-truths and untruths are in a constant battle against each other.
“It is very easy to be misled or confused. This booklet cuts through the confusion,” he said.