Coronavirus, Health

Coronavirus, Health

Taoiseach says no change to 2m social distance advice

The Taoiseach said there has been no change to the public health advice on the 2m social distancing rule

23/05/2020 12:45:00

The Taoiseach said there has been no change to the public health advice on the 2m social distancing rule

The Taoiseach has re-affirmed that the two metre social distancing rule 'stands', and there has been 'no change' to the public health advice.

Leo Varadkar made the remark this morning after it was revealed that several Cabinet ministers advocated yesterday for the adoption of World Health Organization guidance, which states that a one metre distance is considered to be safe.  It is understood those concerns will be raised at a meeting between Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and the Cabinet later this week, which had been already been scheduled for exchanges on general public health advice. 

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Advocates of halving the social distance rule argue that it would have a very positive impact for both small businesses and schools. However, opposition parties have been strongly critical of how the issue of social distancing is being handled by the Government. 

Sinn Féin's health spokeswoman Louise O'Reilly said: "This type of ambiguity and speculation is unfair to businesses preparing to open and for teachers preparing schools for reopening. Leaking to the media and drip feeding of information is typical of this Government and is, as ever, unhelpful."

Labour leader Alan Kelly said: "After the complete confusion over the bonkers two hour rule this week, we now need a clear explanation from the Government on why we are specifically using the two metre rule and if the WHO is recommending that distance." 

Fianna Fáil's health spokesman Stephen Donnelly said: "We must be led by the public health advice on this, and if the CMO, after consultation with the NPHET, believes that one metre is now acceptable, then we should implement that with all haste".

Meanwhile, the issue of health - and in particular Covid-19 - is due to take centre-stage today in government formation talks between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party. Speaking on RTÉ's Late Late Show last night, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he believed a programme for government could be signed-off  if "not by the end of next week [then] very shortly after that".

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And there's the word 'advice'! I wonder how people with dyslexia, would interpret that? Might want to pass the information on to some shopping centres *Acting Taoiseach Can we form a group on Facebook? Protests at 8pm every night in front of local church (not religious but easy to locate). Spread the message.

No sense of proportion. Common sense all but gone. “The Science” is the new God! Is this not the definition of the start of the Zombie Apocalypse?! 🧟‍♀️ no? There is zero scientific evidence behind these guidelines. People have been scared into believing these blatant lies. Unfortunately if you want people to stay 1m apart you need to tell them to stay 2m apart. Keep things as they are.

No it's just being 'floated' PR style Holohan wins again...rulebyfear Why were folks looking to make it a shorter distance? Public health advice is not law....so its not illegal I will no longer be taking/living by any advice from this idiot. I will continue to inform myself on the subject and draw my own conclusions. No science or logic or sanity or rationale is involved in any of this 'leader's' decisions

When is Ireland getting the accurate tests? Unverified numbers so far only. Any scientific evidence for this 2m rule FakeNews ? Scamdemic CrimesAgainstHumanity event201 BillGatesIsEvil Agenda2030 NWO Social distancing 1 metre in Denmark, 1.5 metres in Holland,, is there a single bit of scientific evidence on the real distance if any at all I would like to see how these experiments were conducted

Good decision..... now if everyone would do it !!!! All the resources expended on 2m signage... just stick to the 2m please Bye bye economy or chanch of recovery in that case....2 metre distance plus 2 week quarantine for all visitors...With negative interest rates can we just borrow to keep economy going....

Nearly half of Cabinet calls for relaxation of 2m social distancing ruleLatest: Taoiseach LeoVaradkar is requesting an urgent meeting with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) after nearly half the Cabinet demanded a relaxation of the 2m social distancing rule Story via: McConnellDaniel IEstaff LeoVaradkar McConnellDaniel We have the most incompetent bunch of clowns running things in this country and given a free ride from our so called media.... LeoVaradkar McConnellDaniel Fantastic news at last after 11 weeks of being locked out of our jobs and businesses, schools and essential health services by the caretaker government, it’s great to see some politicians with a bit of common sense. Flu season is over we should be unlocking quicker LeoVaradkar McConnellDaniel Contact with other humans is good both physically, mentally and benefits our immune system.

Nearly half of Cabinet calls for relaxation of 2m social distancing ruleTaoiseach Leo Varadkar is requesting an urgent meeting with the National Public Health Emergency Team after nearly half the Cabinet demanded a relaxation of the 2m social distancing rule.

Nearly half of Cabinet calls for relaxation of 2m social distancing ruleTaoiseach Leo Varadkar is requesting an urgent meeting with the National Public Health Emergency Team after nearly half the Cabinet demanded a relaxation of the 2m social distancing rule.

Nearly half of Cabinet calls for relaxation of 2m social distancing ruleLatest: Taoiseach LeoVaradkar is requesting an urgent meeting with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) after nearly half the Cabinet demanded a relaxation of the 2m social distancing rule Story via: McConnellDaniel IEstaff LeoVaradkar McConnellDaniel We have the most incompetent bunch of clowns running things in this country and given a free ride from our so called media.... LeoVaradkar McConnellDaniel Fantastic news at last after 11 weeks of being locked out of our jobs and businesses, schools and essential health services by the caretaker government, it’s great to see some politicians with a bit of common sense. Flu season is over we should be unlocking quicker LeoVaradkar McConnellDaniel Contact with other humans is good both physically, mentally and benefits our immune system.

Ireland’s daily new coronavirus cases below 100 for sixth daySenior medics praised the vast majority of the public for following social distancing advice. Wow! Just think 5 more years under house arrest & the ChinesePlague may be completely gone! At which time your fellow commie friends the Evil Red Chinese will intentionally re-seed The West with air passengers from Wuhan. Again. RedChineseBioWarfareATTACK MAKE THEM PAY

Coronavirus Ireland: Ministers push to slash two metre social distancing rule to one metreMinisters have pushed for the 2m social distancing rule to be eased as the government considers lifting more Covid-19 restrictions. Nonsense Too soon. 1 metre? Back to normal so.. Alot of people out moving those foot stickers tomorrow and all those signs telling us what 2 metres look like need addition.. 'This is 2 metres, half this is fine' :D open up ffs before the economy destroyed for generations