Statutory Instruments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic S.I. No. 385 of 2021 Health Act 1947 (Sections 31AB and 31AD) (COVID-19) (Operation of Certain Indoor Premises) Regulations 2021 is available here.
Indoor Dining Guide - Indoor hospitality guidelines from Fáilte Ireland
Sector-Based Reopening Guidance - A comprehensive list ofCOVID-19 guidelinesfor 14 sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry is available from Fáilte Ireland
CRSS Restart Grant - Businesses which may now reopen can make a claim for an enhanced restart Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) payment. Read More
COVID Digital Certificate Checker - Information on the use of the COVID-19 Digital Certificate Checker is now available. The checker tool can be used to check the validity of a Digital COVID Certificate. Learn More
COVID Guidance for Shopping Centres -The National Standards Authority of Ireland has issued an information and best practice guide for shopping centres operating during COVID-19.It is focused on providing a safe environment for workers and staff and can be downloaded Here.
Ventilation Checklist -The Health and Safety Authority has issued a ventilation checklist to help businesses prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect staff and customers in the workplace. Ventilation Checklist
EWSS Update from Revenue -Revenue has provided an update on the operation of the EWSS. This includes information on changes to the assessment period, a new eligibility review form and confirmation that existing subsidy rates will stay the same until at least September 30, 2021. Learn More
Government waives court fees and excise duties for vintners for 2021 -The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, TD, are pleased to announce that Government has approved a waiver of court fees and excise duties for vintners for the second consecutive year. Read More
Phased reopening of indoor hospitality agreed by Government - Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin today welcomed the Government decision to agree a phased approach to reopen the hospitality sector in a cautious but progressive manner.Read More
Pathways to Work Strategy 2021 - 2025 - Pathways to Work 2021-2025 is the Government’s national employment services strategy; the Government’s overall framework for activation and employment support policy. The aim of the strategy is to assist people back to work as the economy and labour market recovers from COVID-19. Read More
Ventilation - Work Safely Campaign
An important starting point for workplace safety is ensuring there is good ventilation throughout your premises to ensure contaminated air is removed as efficiently as possible. The following is a poster from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with tips to ensure your premises is suitably configured to provide regular fresh air and avoid recycling stale air. Download Poster
Outdoor events - As planned, numbers for organised events can increase to 200 or 500 for stadia or venues with a capacity of over 5,000
Indoor activities, such as organised events, return of service in bars and restaurants, training, group exercise, dance Will not proceed as planned, pending the implementation of a system to verify vaccination or immunity. Government will devise an implementation plan by 19 July
Wedding - As an exception, weddings already planned will be permitted to proceed on the basis of the expected changes, with 50 guests permitted to attend wedding receptions with protective measures
Funerals - The number of mourners permitted at funerals continues to be limited to 50, regardless of size of venue. Attendance at wakes in private homes and at funeral homes is for family only. Related family gatherings should strictly adhere to prevailing public health advice on household mixing, including visitors to your home and indoor and outdoor dining
Other religious ceremonies - It is advised that religious ceremonies such as Baptisms, First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time. Further advice will follow on resumption of these ceremonies when it is safe to do so
Vaccine and recovery bonus - No limit on number of people who can visit together if they are all fully protected by vaccination or have recovered from COVID-19 infection in the previous 9 months
Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) open from today for applications from both SMEs & microenterprisesRead more Here
The easiest way to close a claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is online via www.MyWelfare.ie
Any worker returning to work with an enquiry about closing their claim, can contact the Department’s dedicated income support helpline at 1890 800 024 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The payment period of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is Friday to Thursday. Where a worker has at least one qualifying day of work in the period Friday to Thursday, they will receive full payment for that week. A person who closes their claim to return to work on any day other than Friday (the first day in the week) will receive payment for the full PUP entitlement week.
And remember, any period of paid holidays is considered to be a period of insurable employment in the same way as if the employee was in work.
Any employer who has difficulty in attracting the workers back to the workplace, or suspects that someone is mis-claiming welfare income support can contact the Department email@example.com.
The Department will be happy to review cases where these complaints arise. Employers can be assured that officials in the Department will follow up on these notifications.
If an employer is seeking assistance in recruiting for vacant positions, the Employer Relations team will be happy to help.
Please firstname.lastname@example.org set out your requirements and we’ll be happy to help. This notesets out some of recruitment available to employers who are looking to recruit for roles in their business.
You can also publish your vacancies to www.jobsireland.ie. When you register you can post your job at no charge, access the website 24/7 and get information on financial supports and accessibility supports and grants and also access the Irish and European network of public employment services to identify the talent you need for your business.
Employer Guidance for the TWSS Reconciliation. Deadline for completion 30th June 2021
FACE FACTS CAMPAIGN
Part of the wider Work Safely campaign, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has started the Face Facts initiative to promote mask wearing in shops. If you would like to receive posters and visual imagery to remind customers of the continued requirement to wear face masks, please send an email to the following Sheryar.Qaiser@enterprise.gov.ie.
COVID-19 SUPPORTS FOR BUSINESS GUIDE
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has issued a comprehensive guide to all the supports available to businesses impacted by COVID-19. READ GUIDE
NEW COVID GRANT SCHEME FOR BUSINESS
Phase 1 of the €8,000 grant under the new Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) is now openRead More Here
Latest update on temporary restrictions:CLICK HERE
Face covering legislation amended: S.I. No. 21 of 2021 Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) (Face Coverings in Certain Premises and Businesses) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021:CLICK HERE
Please refer to the Updated Guidelines from Revenue
Minister Humphries has reassured workers that PUP will remain open for new claims until March 2021; any worker who returns to work, only to have the business closes again in the New Year, will be able to avail of the payment. The easiest way to close a claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is online viawww.MyWelfare.ie. Any worker returning to work with an enquiry about closing their claim, can contact the Department’s dedicated income support helpline at 1890 800 024 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Any employer who has difficulty in attracting the workers back to the workplace, or suspects that someone is mis-claiming welfare income support can contact the Department at email@example.com; the Department will be happy to review cases where these complaints arise. Employers can be assured that officials in the Department will follow up on these notifications.
If an employer is seeking assistance in recruiting for vacant positions, the Employer Relations team will be happy to help; please firstname.lastname@example.org set out your requirements and we’ll be happy to help.
NSAI - COVID 19 Retail Protection and Improvement Guide Here
Tourism & Hospitality Industry Sector. Fáilte Ireland updated guidelines for the tourism and hospitality industry to reflect Government Public Health advice. VisitCOVID-19 Business Supports Hubfor expert advice, guidance and FAQ. Businesses can download the toolkit for printable assets outlining key safety measureshere. It’s important that we all stay safe. Paul Kelly, CEO, Fáilte Ireland
Your quick guide to Level 3 and the Christmas regulations Visit Gov.ie
Oct 19th-Micro-Enterprise Assistance Fund extended until November 13th at 5pm. For application forms and eligibility criteria, clickhere The enhanced Trading Online Voucher Scheme has also been extended. For more information on the scheme, and for application forms, clickhere
Latest Update; SMEs; A Guide to COVID-19 Financial Support Measures
Micro-Enterprise Assistance Fund is now open for Applications. This fund is a new support for small businesses who have not been able to avail of other business supports, including the ReStart Grant. With grants of between €500 and €1000 small businesses can apply now to avail of this fund. For application forms and eligibility criteria, click here: Closing date is 5pm 9th October, so do not delay
A National 5-Level Framework is now in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
€600 million in funding agreed for health service Winter Initiative Read More Here
NEW MICROENTERPRISE ASSISTANCE FUND A new Micro-Enterprise Assistance Fund has been announced, to help businesses with fewer than 10 employees, which are ineligible for existing grants, with a grant of up to €1,000 to help them adapt and invest to rebuild their business.
Dept of Employment Affairs & Social Protection COVID-19 Update | Extension of Suspension of certain Redundancy Provisions & extension of COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit
The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, has secured government approval to extend the suspension of redundancy provisions relating to temporary lay-off and short-time work, which arose as a result of COVID-19 until 17 September.
The Minister also secured approval to extend the duration of the COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit until 31 March.
The Government has agreed to publish the Credit Guarantee (Amendment) Bill 2020, which will underpin the new COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme and will also remove the portfolio cap, which will result in an increased potential maximum liability for the State of €1.6 billion. The legislation is expected to go through the Oireachtas next week.
MICROENTERPRISE LOAN FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 2020 - SIGNED INTO LAW Last Friday 10th July, it was confirmed by the Office of the President of Ireland that the Microenteprise Loan Fund (Amendment) Bill 2020 had been signed into law. The Microenterprise Loan (Amendment) Bill allows for increased funding for Microfinance Ireland (MFI) which provides loans of up to €50,000 to businesses employing ten staff or less. For further information on this Bill (now signed into law), click here.
COVID-19 OFFICIAL TRACKER APP NOW AVAILABLE;
The Irish Government have launched the official (Free) COVID-19 Tracker App.
alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus
advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
alert other app users that you were in close contact with, if you test positive for Coronavirus
Louth County Enterprise Fund Now that you have mastered Skype and Zoom, why not try some other Digital Tools that help develop business and make communication and planning more efficient. Check out www.digitalchangemakers.eu for more detail – especially ‘Learning Resources’ Mob: 087-2341455 Email: email@example.com
Phase 3 of Ireland'sRoadmap for reopening which is in place right now June 29th
PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT PAYMENT & ENHANCED ILLNESS BENEFIT Please click the link below for updates to review on the payments awarded as part of the response to COVID-19, specifically around continued eligibility for the payments and rules around ending the payments, including:
is the result of a collaborative effort by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Download Report
DROGHEDA & DISTRICT CHAMBER
WHO ARE WE?
We are Drogheda & District Chamber, located in Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland. As the leading business organisation in Drogheda, our mission is simple, to promote, engage, support, and ultimately make business better for our members and the wider community. We are a volunteer led organisation and for over 125 years Drogheda & District Chamber has been the beating heart of the business community.
How we collect information about you
When you browse our website www.droghedachamber.ie, we may ask for personal information such as your name, email address. We may also collect information about you when you are on the internet such as the website you came from, IP address, domain types, i.e., .co.uk and.com), your browser type the country where your internet service provider is located, the pages of our site that were viewed during your visit and search terms that you used. This information is only used for our own research and to improve our service to you. We will only collect your personal information when you provide
it to us, when you email us, send an enquiry through our “Contact Us” page and when you subscribe to any of our services. Drogheda & District Chamber use the social media platforms of Facebook, and Twitter to keep our members informed of events and services which we consider may be of interest..
What Personal Information Do We Collect?
When you visit our website, we collect particular information related to your device, such as the IP address, referring website, details of the pages your device visited and the time that your device visited our website.
Drogheda & District Chamber respect your right to privacy, and we will only collect personal information when you provide this to us. When you submit an email enquiry, subscribe to our mailing list or newsletter or register for an event, or complete any of our on line forms we will process your personal information for specific purposes which allow us to provide and deliver our services to you. The categories of personal information that we collect from you include, names, email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers, transactional information (including invoices due and paid).
How We Use Your Personal Information
Drogheda & District Chamber will process your personal information for a variety of legal purposes, including but not limited to the following:
• To provide services to members and potential members
• Networking opportunities
• To respond to any communications, you might send to us
• To send you email alerts and newsletters that you have opted in to receive
• Educational events
• Promoting members
• Start Up Business Assistance
• Process membership transactions (including transaction confirmations and invoices
• Send members industry updates, event/news/notifications, and administrative communications
• Manage members use of our services and to respond to enquiries and comments and provide membership services and support
Use of Non-Personal Information
We gather statistical and analytical information collected on an aggregate basis of all visitors to our website www.droghedachamber.ie. This non-personal information encompasses data that cannot be used to identify you.
Our Legal Bases to Process Your Personal Information
We detail below our identified legal bases which allow is to process your personal information:
• Processing is necessary for the performance of a Contract to which the Data Subject is party or to take steps at the request of the Data Subject prior to entering. The Contract
• Legal Obligation
• Legitimate Interest of the Data Controller
• Public Interest
If we process personal information based on your Consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of processing which took place prior to its withdrawal.
Sharing of Personal Information
There may be occasions when it is necessary for us to share your personal information with our external working Partners and Stakeholders for the purposes of providing our services to you. We detail below some of our external Third Partners; however, this is information is not an exhaustive list.
• Web Hosting Company
• Saas Providers
• Email Platform
• Payroll Provider
There may also be occasions when in accordance with Independent Statutory Legislation we are obligated to share personal information. Under certain circumstances, we may be required to disclose your personal information in response to valid requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
Is Personal Data Transferred outside the EEA?
We do not knowingly transfer personal information outside the EEA, however our CRM system is Hub Spot and is hosted in Europe.
How we keep your Personal information Safe
Drogheda & District Chamber are committed to the protection and security of your personal information. We use a variety of technologies and procedures to protect your personal information from, “unauthorised use, and access, accidental loss, unlawful destruction, alteration, unlawful disclosure. As effective as security practices are, no physical or electronic system is entirely secure. We cannot guarantee the complete security of our data base or can we guarantee that information that you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet. We have implemented strict internal guidelines to ensure that your privacy is safeguarded at every level of our organisation. We will continue to revise policies and procedures and review our systems and we will implement additional security features as new technologies become available. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. When we receive your personal information, we use appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being compromised in any way. When you contact us to ask about your personal information, we may ask you to identify yourself, this is to help protect your personal information.
How Long Do We Keep Your Personal Information?
We process and retain personal information to meet our legal and regulatory requirements and for as long as necessary to enable Drogheda & District Chamber to provide our services to our members. It is not our practice to retain personal information for longer than is considered necessary.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13, do not access, use, or provide any personal information on www.droghedachamber.ie or through any of its features. If we learn that we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13, without parental consent, we will delete that information.
Your Personal information Rights
In accordance with The EU General Data Protection Regulation and The Data Protection Act 2018 you are afforded the following rights in certain circumstances. However, not all “Rights” are absolute, and exemptions may apply.
Right of Access: You have the right to obtain confirmation from us whether or not we process personal information about you and where that is the case, access to the personal data, including the purposes of the processing and the categories of personal data concerned. The recipients or categories or recipients to whom the personal information have been or will be disclosed.
You may also submit a written request for a copy of personal information you believe we may be processing about you. Upon such a written request, Drogheda & District Chamber will verify the validity of the request for security purposes. Your subject access request will be responded to within thirty days, However, where the request is unreasonable, or onerous such requests will be responded to within a two-month time period.
Right to Rectification: You have the right to the rectification of inaccurate personal information about you without undue delay.
Right to Erasure: You may ask us to delete your personal information, however this is not an absolute right and any such request will be considered in connection with our legal obligations and under the legal framework of the EU GDPR
Right to Restricting and Objecting: You have the right to restrict or object to us using your personal information.
Right to Data Portability: Upon your written request, where possible we can share a digital copy of your personal information with you or another organisation.
How to contact us
Should you have any questions regarding how we process your personal information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also address your correspondence The Data Protection Compliance Officer, Drogheda & District Chamber, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland.
The Data Commissioners Office can be contacted at www.dataprotection.ie
Updated - December 2020