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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) advice

Author:  CEC
Date:  04 March 2020

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) advice

Update: 13/03/2020:

Dear Friends,

The Irish government has issued the following directive and statement announcing the closure of schools and universities, including English language schools.. 

“Our own National Public Health Emergency Team met last night and has issued new advice to Government. We are acting on that advice today. […] So, from 6pm today, the following measures are being put in place. They will stay in place until March 29th. Schools, colleges, and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow. Where possible, teaching will be done on-line or remotely. Cultural institutions will close.” Click Here for the full statement. The following is the statement from the Department of Education and Skills. Click Here

The “unprecedented measures to protect public health”, include the closure of language schools

This came into effect from 18.00 today March 12 to the proposed re-opening date of Monday March 30th . CEC will remain closed as per the directive of the government 

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, host families and partners continues to be of the utmost importance to us in this situation and we are following all the guidelines and advice given by the Irish Departments of Health and Education, the National Public Health Emergency Team and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

CEC are finalising online classes at the moment and students will have access to CEC Online platform throughout the disruption. We will be in contact with all students through the CEC Online platform with more details.

Rest assured that our administration team is here to assist at all times, the office will remain open during the closure to assist you. The main email address is  [email protected]  and the CEC 24 hour emergency number is +353 87 910 2516.

Best Regards

Marc Cullen

Managing Director

CEC – Cork English College

The situation in Ireland

At present there are a few confirmed cases in the country. The patients in question are currently in isolation and are receiving all necessary treatments. Of those infected by the Coronavirus most are expected to make a full recovery, and it is those who already have a weaker immune system that are considered to be most at risk once infected (e.g. the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions.)

What precautions are CEC taking?

We are asking all potential & confirmed course participants before their departure for Ireland to declare whether they have either visited any of the high risk areas as listed on the government website ( https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/472f64-covid-19-coronavirus-guidance-and-advice/ ), or whether they have had any contact with anyone from those areas. We have already been in touch with some clients from high risk areas who were due to come to us and have now postponed their courses until a later date.

CEC’s policy on postponing or cancelling your course

If you are located in – or if you have visited in the past 14 days - one of the high risk areas identified on the government website ( https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/472f64-covid-19-coronavirus-guidance-and-advice/ and are due to start a course with us at any time, then please contact us as soon as possible so that we can rearrange your course dates. There will be no charge for postponing your course to a new date. If you wish to postpone or cancel a course, then you can do this in accordance with our Terms and Conditions

Further information and updates

We are monitoring closely government and WHO advice on a daily basis. If there are any fundamental changes to either government policy or our own policies then we will update this page. The safety or our clients, staff, homestay and other partners is our top priority, so please be assured that we will remain vigilant and take all reasonable steps to ensure that everyone is safe.

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