COVID-19 Support and Services

05 March 2021


The Irish government has introduced various community support and well-being programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of its roadmap for a return of activities.

Currently, level 5 public health restrictions will remain in place until 5 April 2021. Measures are continuously being reviewed and updated. For more information on updates to the COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 plan, visit here.


Economic support programmes

Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Extended to 30 June 2021

Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

Extended to 30 June 2021

COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit

Extended to 30 June 2021

Covid Restrictions Support Scheme

Extended to 30 June 2021

Suspension of redundancy provisions

Extended to 30 June 2021

Commercial rates waiver

Extended to 30 June 2021


COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment: available to employees and those who are self-employed, who have lost their job on or after 13 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and how to apply visit here or contact the Income Support Helpline for COVID-19 at 1890 800 024.

Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS): a flat-rate subsidy per employee is provided if your turnover has fallen by 30%. For more information visit here 

COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit: If a worker is told to self-isolate, restrict their movements or diagnosed with COVID-19, they can apply for a COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €350 per week. For more information visit here

Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS): Qualifying businesses can apply to Revenue for a cash payment of up to €5,000 a week. For more information visit here 

If you’re an organisation that wishes to offer goods and services to support the Irish government’s response to COVID-19 visit here


HSE’s Health Services


To access HSE’s Health Services, visit here or contact 1850 24 1850 or 01 240 8787.

  • HSELive general health service information line is open 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • HSELive Coronavirus Helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Mental health supports and services during COVID-19 For more information on HSE’s Mental health supports and services visit here

Minding your Wellbeing Programme: Free online video series to learn and practice essential elements of mental wellbeing from HSE Health and Wellbeing. For more information visit

Minding Your Mental Health: A series of multilingual video messages presented by doctors and other health professionals now living and working in Ireland. The videos are available in Romanian, Polish, Arabic, English, French, Lithuanian, Russian, Irish and Portuguese. Visit here for more information