Sometimes, it seems that people who make important decisions are experts - but not in the field in which they are making those important decisions.
Let me say at the outset, for fear of any misunderstanding, that as one who is vulnerable in this pandemic, I am fully behind the restrictions which we have had to endure for many weeks now.
I do not regard them as some seem to: as a punishment. Rather, I see them for what they are: protection.
And I think that those who now say that they intend to ignore those restrictions because "I'm fed up with them" might some day express a similar view about speed limits or double yellow lines, or even pedestrianised streets.
However, I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding among some of our decision-makers in relation to the place that pubs have in our society.
They are not simply places where customers skull pints, where oul' lads spend the day sucking pints at the counter or where the young go to lash into shots in the hope of getting drunk quickly.
Indeed, some people who could be described as "regulars" in pubs with which I am familiar would be relatively happy to patronise their pub of choice even if all it served was tea.
Pubs are social hubs. The bar in your local sports club, for example, is not only a social hub, but very probably an important source of funding to help maintain football pitches or tennis courts or bowling greens.
Pubs are where people meet. For some, they are the only place where they meet others for a chat, for interaction, for debate, for discussion, for laughter, for friendship.
The idea that those who frequent pubs or the bars in sports clubs would be happy to sit far apart, four at a large table, without any interaction with barmen or other customers, is to demonstrate that fundamental misunderstanding of what a pub is, what it is for and what it does.
Yes, of course, there are oul' lads sucking pints at the counter and young people lashing into shots.
But they aren't the only ones who use pubs. Not all drinking is problem drinking, though it seems that is the way it is being portrayed in modern Ireland.
Do we have problem drinking? Of course we do.
But do we have problem loneliness, do we have problem isolation? Yes, we do.
Do we have mental health problems exacerbated by that loneliness and isolation? Yes, we do.
I am lucky. I have a wife and a teenage daughter. We get on. We like each other. We have each other for company.
But it would be wrong to imagine that we, all three, don't hanker for the day when we will once again meet our friends and family.
Many of those meetings will take place in pubs.
My health has prevented me from being in a pub or bar - a sports club desperately in need of income in my case - for six months.
I had a bone marrow transplant eight years ago and now have stage four COPD, which make me extremely vulnerable.
Do I miss it? Yes, I do. And the actual truth is, I miss the chat and the debate and fun more than I miss the pints - though I have no problem admitting I miss them, too.
I have already made arrangements to meet friends in Toners when this is all over. But what that narrow, beautiful, Victorian pub will be like with social - or anti-social - distancing, I cannot imagine.
I think the same of other great and legendary Dublin drinking spots, such as The Palace and Kehoe's and the Long Hall and Hogans and Grogans and Brogans and Doheny & Nesbitts.
I know that we need to listen to Dr Tony Holohan and his team and the advice that they give.
I just hope, when it comes to pubs, they take on board someone with the experience Flann O'Brien demonstrated in his Cruiskeen Lawn column.
Or better still, 'The Brother'.
Paddy Murray is an expert on pubs - having been a regular customer in many of them for the past 50 years