Ministers will next Tuesday try to ease corona virus restrictions across the Irish economy and society as the government looks at how to get out of Level 5 restrictions.
Cabinet sources from all three parties said ministers would try to reopen shops, restaurants and churches from next week. Travel restrictions will be eased in the first phase in December.
The leaders of Fianna Fil, Fine Gael and Green Party met on Monday night and agreed that the country was on track to get out of Level 5 restrictions. But sources say no final decision has been made.
The first meeting of the cabinet will be held on Tuesday morning. Taoist Michael Martin said he wanted to get “an assessment from individual ministers and their perspectives” on easing restrictions.
Several cabinet sources said they will try to resume indoor dining in restaurants from next Tuesday. At the same time, one minister argued that pubs were having a “very difficult year” and should be part of the consideration.
Despite this, there is a growing perception among ministers that pubs that do not provide food will not reopen this year.
Government officials will continue to work on plans to phase out Level 5, which will be “Level 3 with reforms”, including a change that will allow people to move from Kandy to Kandy by the end of next month.
The possible date of this particular action has not yet been decided and will be discussed further on Tuesday.
Officials are examining the recent rise in Thanksgiving-related cases of Covid-19 cases in Canada and will closely monitor the effects of Thanksgiving in the US this week.
The government will take a decision on Thursday or Friday on how to get out of the six-week lockdown after consulting the state’s National Public Health Emergency Response Team (NFET).
Asked about the government’s discussions on how to get out of the lockdown on December 1, Martin said he had examined how the virus spread during the months of August, September and October.
Events, including “super spreader events”, gatherings, churches, and alcohol have been shown to spread the virus.
Restrictions on home visits “seem to have had an impact, so it’s important to keep that in mind as we move into December,” he added.
Meanwhile, the government Kovid-19 vaccine task force chairman Prof. Brian McCraith told Taozich that he expects the strategy to deliver the vaccines by December 11th.
The first meeting of the Task Force was held on Monday with business, supply chain and project management experts to help develop arrangements for the distribution and distribution of any vaccine approved within the European Union.
Enfet did not report any deaths from people with Kovid-19 on Monday. The total number of deaths associated with the pandemic virus is 2,022.
A total of 70,711 cases were reported in the Republic with 252 confirmed cases.
This is the lowest daily case since September 26, with Monday’s figures lower than other times of the week.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan declined to say what recommendations Enfet would make on Monday evening, but made further progress in reducing cases, saying “we have more choice” in easing restrictions.
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