Public transport services to continue as normal following widespread closures
Following measures put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus in Ireland by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has announced that public transport services will continue as normal.
Regular updates will be provided to the public in the coming days.
In a statement issued on Thursday evening, the NTA noted that the Authority and public transport operators continue to follow all public health guidelines issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan.
"We have been advised by public health officials that cleaning and sanitary procedures on the public transport fleet are sufficient for dealing with Covid-19.
"Public transport operators have actively communicated the public health advice on respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene to passengers and staff.
"We are aware of the HSE advice to practice social distancing and passengers are asked to be mindful of this when considering the use of public transport."
27 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland on Thursday night.
70 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland have been confirmed following the latest update from the Department of Health. Combined with Northern Ireland's current disclosed total of 20, there are now 90 overall cases on the island of Ireland.