The Government has announced a number of measures for the Republic of Ireland in a bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus - including school closures and new advice for all businesses.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made the announcement in Washington, saying the new measures are part of efforts to "slow the virus in its tracks and push it back".
Meanwhile, ministers back in Ireland confirmed the country is now entering the 'delay phase' in terms of responding to the outbreak.
Here's what you need to know about the measures being implemented from 6pm today until 29th March.
- Everyone is being advised to continue following the guidelines regarding hygiene, hand-washing and other preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19
- Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical advice
- Schools, colleges, universities and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow. Teaching will continue online or remotely wherever possible
- Cultural institutions such as museums, galleries and tourism sites will be shut
- Organisers of mass gatherings are advising that all indoor gatherings of more than 100 people and all outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled
- People are being advised to continue working, but to work from home wherever possible
- Work break times and working times should be staggered, while meetings should be done remotely or by phone wherever possible
- The Government says people should work to reduce their social interactions outside work "as much as possible"
- Shops will remain open, and people are being urged to not 'panic buy' - the Government has said measures are in place to ensure the supply chain continues operating as normal
- Public transport will continue to operate
- Restaurants and cafés can stay open - but are being told to look at ways to maintain social distancing
- Ports and airports will continue operating, with all arrivals to be "fully informed" and told to self-isolate if they develop any symptoms of coronavirus
- All members of the public and businesses are being told to above all else adopt a "sensible and level-headed responsible approach" over the coming weeks