CABINET BRIEFED ON SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES

29 May 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Decrease in Coronavirus Cases But 2m Guideline Remains

Michael Fisher

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has told the Cabinet he does not intend to advise that the two metre social distancing rule should be reduced. After days of speculation about a possible reduction in the restriction on physical distance, Dr Holohan told Ministers it would not be appropriate for him to recommend revising the 2m rule at this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chief Medical Officer is reported to have rejected suggestions that the distance should be cut as he feared it could lead to a higher risk of the virus spreading in communities. Disability Minister Finian Mc- Grath is understood to have asked Dr Holohan about reducing the distance but was told now is not the time for changing the restriction. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin warned that the Covid- 19 restrictions could lose public support if they are no longer seen as being based on clear scientific evidence.

On the twometre social distancing rule, Mr Martin said it was not required by the science. “It has been helpful, but it cannot be allowed to block Ireland re-starting activity which is already underway….

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