The Irish Independent has learned that the Government will not be providing incentives for COVID survivors to leave their homes.
The Department of Health and Social Protection has told survivors to remain in their homes as they recover and not return.
The department said the incentives would be provided in the event of a resurgence in the outbreak.
The Government’s statement to the Independent was a clarification that the incentive would not be available for those who have left their homes voluntarily.
The statement said it would only be available to those who were able to leave voluntarily.
“The Government is committed to providing a safe, secure and affordable solution for those experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, as outlined in the Government’s coronaviricide strategy,” the statement said.
“As with any health crisis, COVIDs victims are entitled to be treated by health care professionals in their community.
The Government’s commitment to supporting COVID victims will ensure that people who experience symptoms are treated in their home, whether they are in a home or elsewhere.”
A spokesperson for the department said there were no plans to change the current incentives.
“In the event that COVID continues to spread, as it has in Ireland, we are prepared to provide incentives in the form of the COVID Care Package,” they said.
It was not immediately clear what incentives the department planned to provide for those returning home.