Dublin: Government rejects health advice

The Irish government has rejected, for the first time, coronavirus health advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), as the country continues to battle the spread of the virus.

NPHET had recommended that the country be put under so-called bolstered ‘Level 5’ restrictions, but the government has opted to back a lower-level of lockdown measures, under ‘Level 3’ restrictions.

Pubs not serving food will be open outside under Level 3 restrictions, with a maximum of 15 patrons permitted. Indoor seating is prohibited. These establishments will remain completely closed in Dublin.

“What Government has to do is take that advice, interrogate that advice, consider it in the context of the entire country. That is what we did,” Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said on Monday evening, adding that moving to Level 3 restrictions “strikes the right balance”.

(Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)

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