The Critical Incident/Crisis Operations Team at University of Limerick has met regularly for the last month and will continue to do so with appropriate frequency.
With the positive testing in Ireland in the last week there is likely to be an increase in the number of cases. The local impact of the recent cases will by now be well known to many of you as there have been school closures in reasonable proximity to the UL campus.
The objective of UL is to safeguard its staff, students and the general public. Therefore, we will take the appropriate steps to prevent the spreading of the virus.
It appears likely at this stage that we will have to restrict numbers on the campus at some point in the near future. If this decision is taken, it will be taken in consultation with the relevant authorities.
Planning is taking place to prepare for this possibility and when necessary communication will take place in relation to arrangements.
It is impossible to plan for every eventuality in this fluid situation. Safety is our priority but we intend to address the practical implications of a closure or partial closure of the campus.
The situation is being monitored daily by UL’s Executive Management and we will communicate as soon as possible on the relevant aspects of our response.
In all advice to date, there is an emphasis on personal responsibility to arrest the spread of the virus. This advice, issued by the HSE and Department of Foreign Affairs, has been well publicised and should continue to be followed at all times.