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An unenviable dilemma - here are the pros and cons of lifting the lockdown restrictions


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Obedient: Foxy the dog observes the social distancing restrictions in Dublin’s Phoenix Park PHOTO; STEPHEN COLLINS

Obedient: Foxy the dog observes the social distancing restrictions in Dublin’s Phoenix Park PHOTO; STEPHEN COLLINS

Obedient: Foxy the dog observes the social distancing restrictions in Dublin’s Phoenix Park PHOTO; STEPHEN COLLINS

The decision on when to loosen the lockdown restrictions hinges on matters of life and death. Rating the risks and weighing up the pros and cons presents an unenviable dilemma.

Reasons against

1. Mixed messages

Relaxing restrictions risks gives the signal that the war is over or nearly over. That is far from the reality. The battle against this virus will have to be relentless this year.