News

Monaghan Professor says twelve-month plan needed to stop repeated lockdowns in 2021

Dec 22, 2020 13:12 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan Professor says twelve-month plan needed to stop repeated lockdowns in 2021 Monaghan Professor says twelve-month plan needed to stop repeated lockdowns in 2021
Share this article

Professor Sam McConkey says a twelve-month plan is needed to stop repeated lockdowns next year. The infectious disease specialist at the Royal College of

Professor Sam McConkey says a twelve-month plan is needed to stop repeated lockdowns next year.

The infectious disease specialist at the Royal College of Surgeons said the Government should introduce one strict period of restrictions and then a solid structure of how we live with the virus long-term.

He said the constant movement up and down between levels of restrictions creates unpredictability across all of society and business.

Advertisement

Ireland is moving to Level Five restrictions from Christmas Eve with some exemptions.

Restaurants, pubs, hairdressers, beauticians, cinemas and galleries will all have to close from 3pm on Christmas Eve.

Non-essential retail is allowed to stay open but January sales events must be deferred.

Advertisement

Inter-county travel restrictions will come back into place after midnight on St Stephen's Day.

There will be an exception for people returning home after that date.

Household visits will be reduced to one other household from the 27th of December.

Advertisement

However, household visits will be banned from January 1st.

Additional supports for businesses that will have to close will be provided.

Weddings will be allowed to go ahead with 25 people up to and including January 1st and will then reduce to 6.

Advertisement

Speaking on The Joe Finnegan Show, Sam McConkey said it's not too late to control how the virus enters the country.

Share this article
Advertisement
Advertisement

NorthernSound Newsletter

Sign up now to keep up to date with the latest news.

Processing your request...

You are subscribed now! please check your email to confirm your subscription.