Relaxing Covid-19 restrictions on “a wing and a prayer” should not happen according to a Cork TD.
Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire criticized the mixed messages being given, and called for clarity on the possible relaxation of restrictions.
The Cork South Central TD said that families are anxious given Health Minister Simon Harris’ comments over the weekend in which he said there was a possibility schools could reopen one day per week, but that mass gatherings could be cancelled for the remainder of the year.
“If the Government wants to reopen schools, and of course that is a desirable thing to work towards, we need to be confident that there is a plan, and that it is safe to do so," he said.
“This is something that cannot be done on a wing and a prayer, and it cannot be an issue which is left to schools to figure out themselves.
“Schools and teachers will need guidance on, for example, how to manage social distancing at the school gate, on hygiene procedures, and if for example gloves are needed, and if so, who provides them."
He called for a comprehensive roadmap for people.
"The Government flying kites does not help," he said. "It only adds to already heightened levels of anxiety. Every day we have the opportunity to learn more and more from countries who have passed this juncture before us. I am calling on the Government to provide clarity.
"The commitment of people in Cork and their overwhelming adherence to the public health advice has been central to the effort to interrupt the transmission of the virus in our city and county. It will be important in the weeks and months ahead that the trust and confidence that has been built up is maintained. Timely information is essential to that."