Humphreys urges people to be aware of changes in approach

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Cavan-Monaghan TD Heather Humphreys has encouraged people to be aware of two key changes in how the government is addressing the current wave of Covid-19 compared to when the virus first arrived on our shores earlier in the year.

Minister Humphreys highlighted changes to the rules regarding home visits for those who live alone and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment while encouraging everyone to support local businesses.

“I know this has been a really difficult few days, particularly for those who have temporarily lost their jobs or whose businesses have had to close due to the Level 5 restrictions,” stated the Minister.

“I know too that people are worried about the next six weeks. They are worried about their jobs, their businesses, their families and their friends.

But I also know we have it in us to suppress this virus and to protect lives. So I want to talk to you for a moment about three things.

“Firstly, I want to remind people that this is different from the experience back in March and April.

“For example, if you do live alone, you can have someone over to your home for support.

“And if you are in need of any help, the Community Call is in place in every constituency.

“Our parks and amenities remain open – so do get out for a walk or run within your five kilometres.

“And while you’re out on your walk, check in on an elderly neighbour just to let them know that you are nearby.

“Secondly, the Government has introduced changes to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

“We now have four rates of payment instead of three and PUP continues to be linked to your prior income.

“The new rate of €350 is paid to anyone who earned €400 or more before the pandemic.

“I really want to get the message out there that the quickest easiest way to apply for PUP is via MyWelfare.ie.”

Minister Humphreys reiterated the importance of supporting local business.

“Finally, I really would encourage you to continue to support local businesses, who have gone through an extremely challenging few months.

“These are businesses that are run by our friends, families and neighbours – and they need our support, particularly in the run-up to the Christmas period.

“While the next six weeks will be extremely tough, I want you to know that we will get through this.

“We all have one common purpose here – that’s fighting this virus and sparing our people the grief and trauma of losing a loved one due to Covid-19.

“We have it in us to get this virus back under control. We did it once. And we’ll do it again.”

The contact details for Cavan Community Call are:

Phone: 1800 300 404. Email: covidsupport@cavancoco.ie

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