Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2020 (Republic of Ireland)

Jurisdiction: Republic of Ireland

Amends: Health Act 1947

Mini Summary

The Health Act 1947 sets out a number of powers and functions relating to management and protection of public health. This may include detention of people with certain listed infectious diseases. There are no specific duties for employers under the Act.



The Act amends the Health Act 1947 to give the Minister power to make regulations for the protection of public health from the spread of coronavirus, and gives medical officers power to detain somebody suspected of being infected where that person cannot or will not self isolate themself in their own home. These changes are reflected in the ‘summary and duties’ section above.


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