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Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements is in all our interests – Fortune

Wicklow Councillor Tom Fortune has hit out at the so called Covid-19 experts following the announcement on Friday of the 5 Phases for the “Roadmap for reopening society and business”

“Reading the Sunday newspapers made me wonder have some Government Ministers and some opposition politicians lost the plot.


Why are some ministers leaking to the media (Their names are on the front page of the Sunday independent) their discontent with Dr. Tony Holohan and calling for restrictions to be lifted, when they have no expertise to do so unless they have qualified as medics recently.


I understand we have to get business and life back to normal (new normal) for us all as quickly as possible.
I believe the chief medical officer Dr. Holohan, his staff and all our front-line workers are doing a great job, as is the Taoiseach and Minister for Health. Where were all the experts in Sunday’s newspapers for the past four weeks, when we were all scared of the unknown.


There is a plan in place, we just need patience for the next few weeks. The risk is, if we don’t that we could be in bigger trouble.
The information from the chief medical officer and presented by the Taoiseach is basically calling for caution for a few weeks. The R (rated transmission) is now between 0.8 and 0.5, which is great, anything under 1 is good news. Ideally if it gets under 0.5 would be much better. ( All of this is good as I understand it). Dr Holohan’s caution is to avoid the risk of a second wave this summer.


So please continue to follow Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements, it is in all our interests, especially in getting work etc back to normal ( new normal).


Based on the handling of the CV crisis to date, I would prefer to be guided by the chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan rather then what I read from some in the Sunday Newspapers. There are a lot of vulnerable people in our communities. “

As of tomorrow Tuesday the 5th of May it will be possible to travel up to 5km from your home for the purposes of exercise.

For people who are “Cocooning” the public health advice is to continue to do so. It will be possible to go for a walk or a drive within 5km of your home if you avoid all contact with other people.

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