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Covid-19 chaos? Longford events cancelled and restricted for health reasons

Social events, businesses and services are all being affected by the coronavirus - arrangements are being made in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.

Below you'll find a comprehensive list of services and events that are cancelled/closed/restricted.

Please get in touch to let us know if you have to cancel an event and we will share that information with our readers: newsroom@longfordleader.ie

Government measures announced today

Until March 29, the following restrictions will be in place:

* Schools, college and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow
* Cultural institutions will close
* Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people and outdoor gatherings of over 500 people should be cancelled
* You should continue to work, but if possible, work from home, and lunch breaks should be staggered
* Shops will remain open
* Restaurants and other businesses can stay open but should implement social distancing
* Social interactions should be reduced as much as possible
* Wash your hands
* Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms

Events Cancelled or Postponed

The biggest victims of cancellations so far have been St Patrick's Day Parades across the county. All parades have been cancelled. For more, click here.

Make-A-Wish Ireland have reluctantly cancelled their on street collections this Friday. Read more here.

* For Public Health reasons, a public meeting for Heartlands Heritage to promote the Shannon corridor meeting on March 12 8pm in the Great National Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone N37 YW25 has been postponed till further notice

* The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has cancelled all Daffodil Day street collections including those in Longford. Read more here.

* A night with Mary Byrne, which was due to take place in the Longford Arms next week has been postponed to later in the year.

* Granard Easter Festival committee is sorry to advise that the Easter Festival is cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus. They will be back next year!

The annual Ballymahon Tidy Towns table quiz, which was due to take place tomorrow evening has been postponed to later in the year.

* Based on HSE advice on the protection of vulnerable people and to keep our staff and volunteers safe, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland have decided to postpone all Alzheimer Cafe and Social Club meetings until further notice.

A dream trip to New York for the St Patrick's Day and weekend celebrations for service users from St Christopher's Services Longford has been postponed owing to Covid-19 risk. Read more here.

* The Mid Shannon Wilderness Park awareness event in Lanesboro hall planned for April 1st with the Irish Wildlife Trust has been postponed.

* All Longford ICA Federation and Guild activities suspended 

* Granard Agricultural Show AGM due to take place on Thursday, March 19 has been postponed

* Ballymahon tractor run in aid of the Ballymahon Daycare centre due to take place on Sunday April 19 postponed READ MORE HERE

* Bea Masterson Legan Amateur drama group additional performance of Widow’s Paradise postponed

* Longford School of Rock lessons cancelled until further notice

* The Brave Giant gig, which was due to take place at The Chelsea Bell in New York has been cancelled READ MORE HERE

Still Voices Film Society has cancelled all screenings for March and April. Updates for summer events and the festival in August will be given at a future date.

SPORT

* The GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Camogie and Colleges have cancelled all activity until the end of March READ MORE HERE

* ALL Longford schoolboy/girl matches CANCELLED with immediate effect #Covid19 READ MORE HERE

* IRFU confirm all rugby activity is suspended READ MORE HERE

* FAI postpones all football activity until March 29 READ MORE HERE

* Longford Hunt Branch of Irish Pony Club Hunter Trials scheduled for Sunday, March 22 postponed 

* Mullinalaghta St Columba's GFC supper dance & presentation of medals deferred

Other Restrictions

* Some churches are introducing changes to practices to limit the spread of the virus. For more, click here.

* All nursing homes now have visiting restrictions. Click here for a statement from Nursing Homes Ireland.

Longford Omniplex Cinema has announced that after a thorough risk assessment and analysis of the global cinema market, they will implement ‘In-Cinema Seat Separation’ as part of their measures to encourage effective Social Distancing in cinemas. Read more on this here.