Executive Director of the HSE, Paul Reid, says that it is “not inevitable” that Ireland will face a third lockdown in January.
The Government is due to confirm the country’s exit strategy from Level 5 restrictions this evening, with restaurants and pubs serving food expected to be given the green light to open in early December. Households will be also be allowed to come together to celebrate Christmas.
However, NPHET has urged the Government to take a more cautious approach, advising the Government to concentrate on household visits or the hospitality sector, but not both.
Those conflicting views have resurrected the theory that a spike in Covid infections is on the way after Christmas, which could lead to another lockdown, but Mr Reid believes that the general public, working with authorities, can avoid such a scenario.
“We’re in a strong position going in. Ireland has one of the strongest positions in Europe with regard to the level of Covid cases.
“This is in our hands. We can make Christmas safe. People deserve a break. I would ask people to work with us,” he said.