Hotel in Offaly closed following Covid-19 cluster
"In the interests of health and safety, we have decided to close our hotel temporarily as a further additional measure".
A hotel in Offaly has closed temporarily following a Covid-19 cluster.
20 guests who had stayed in The Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore last week have tested positive, out of 40 tests thus far.
It is believed that some of the group who have since tested positive also played golf in the area, and socialised in a number of bars and restaurants.
More people in the area are expected to be tested following the news.
The hotel has released a statement where it says that the health and safety of its employees and guests is their number one priority.
"Since reopening we have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe environment in line with all Government public health guidance, including from the Department of Health and the HSE.
"However, regrettably, we confirm that we have been notified by the HSE of a confirmed cluster in a group of guests who stayed at our hotel last week.
"We are working closely with and co-operating fully with the HSE.
"All potential close contacts are being contacted by the HSE."
Speaking on Thursday night, acting CMO Ronan Glynn urged people to limit contacts as much as possible.
He said: "Act now to save lives. Limit your contacts as much as possible. Assume you and those you meet are infectious, keep your distance and do your part to keep others safe."