While some in political circles and in the hospitality sectors here and abroad clamour for the easing of restrictions next month to allow for the reopening of indoor venues, there will also be warnings from Nphet, Sage and other medical professional councils worldwide that governments need to keep looking at the scientific data.
With large cities in Australia back in lockdown, even with their travel quarantine restrictions, and the Delta variant spreading through Great Britain, we must exercise great care.
Let’s not jump the gun in reopening indoor restaurants and bars, even with pressure from the Restaurants Association of Ireland and others.
I, like many, want to see places reopened, people back at work and the economy flourishing, but do we need to risk all the good work that has been done only to find ourselves back to square one with a Delta variant spreading through the younger and more vulnerable members of our community for the sake of a burger and a pint? We must not let our hearts rule our heads at this stage.
Those of us who are partially or fully vaccinated or have had Covid could be allowed to resume indoor dining with all the safety measures that are and have been in place, but let’s not forget those who are no longer with us or the medical staff who are exhausted from dealing with this pandemic from day one.
Do we need another lockdown or winter of discontent? Let’s look at the data, not the dates – that is what will keep us safe.
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Just as Nphet is about to recommend a delay in the lifting of restrictions, Niac is going to advocate for the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in younger people. This volte-face is welcome, if extremely late.
We have been advised, ad infinitum, that any virus will play out its capabilities and the emergence of more infectious strains should have been expected.
The risks attached to the AstraZeneca vaccine (and others ) should have been dismissed. I am not sure, but do the people in Nphet and Niac know each other?
Firhouse, Dublin 24
As a voter in Dublin Bay South, I can’t wait for July 8. It’s just a pity it’s not a full general election.
They appear to be taking the public for idiots with a complete fudge regarding allowing only fully-vaccinated people into pubs and restaurants.
Entertaining any thoughts about a two-tier divide in society regarding vaccination seems absurd.
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Not to be sidetracked by the July reopening, the Department of Justice/the Cabinet undermined the legitimate function of the gardaí to enforce current bye-laws and state laws.
Once again, Heather Humphreys, the political ‘human shield’, was sent out to face the media, stating that the gardaí “should use their discretion” in the enforcement of local alcohol-serving bye-laws.
So now our political leaders have thought of modifying the law. Was this unforeseen by our strategists?
It was great to see Conor Murray named as the replacement captain of the British and Irish Lions. This is a huge honour, and Murray becomes another in a long list of Irish captains,
A word of caution: he has no experience as a captain, and it is impossible to know what the extra pressure and responsibility will do to his game.
Wishing him and the Lions every success in what will be a very physical tour.
The man appearing in the current ad for Carlsberg on our screens is Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. A rather unusual name? Probably.
Beaumont, Dublin 9