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Minister for Health Simon Harris at this evening’s Department of Health briefing

Just now.

Gavan Reilly tweetz:

Simon Harris announces Government decision to require mandatory 14-day self-isolation on arrival at seaports and airports. Will take effect from next week.

“Living alongside the virus absolutely requires doing things differently…”

Meanwhile…

Mr Harris added:

“From my recollection, already we have a situation where over 70% of people are filling out the form, even though it’s an administrative basis. And I should say that doesn’t mean that 30% of people are saying they don’t want to fill out the form.

“In fact, quite the contrary and a very, very, very small number, I mean single digits-sort of thing on a day is what I’m talking about, not filling out the form.

“But it does mean that as long as it’s on an administrative basis, there’s, you know, it tightens it up I suppose, putting it on a mandatory footing. Now you have to have this form filled. Therefore, airlines, DAA, everybody needs to make sure that this form is in place.

“So you fill out the form, either before you arrive in Ireland or when you arrive in Ireland. You hand over the form to probably a member of the board of management unit. You can then be spot-checked for a phonecall. And if there is a suspicion or a concern, we have the ability for someone in a position of authority, probably a member of An Garda Siochana, to call to that address.

“I do need to say this though: I think it’s highly unlikely that that’s what will be happening in most cases. In fact that’s not what will be happening in most cases. In most cases people will be good and decent enough to tell us where they’re staying.

“And then, and this is a protection for them as well. I mean this is absolutely a protection for them as well, because if you were to find out that a case were to emerge and we needed to quickly contact trace people, we now have the ability. So I see this tool as a contact tracing tool, primarily.

“I also see it as a very clear messaging tool in relation to the fact that we should continue to avoid non-essential travel. And I also see it as another opportunity to remind every single person coming through our airports or our ports as to the fact that the public health advice is you should self isolate.”

There you go.

Previously: “We Are Not Planning To Close Our Airports”