While NPHET has not yet issued guidelines on how the Irish should celebrate Christmas, Taoiseach Micheal Martin previously said we should be able to “celebrate Christmas meaningfully” if the current lockdown brings the numbers down.
COVID-19 cases are falling faster than expected and while there is no prospect of an early exit from the current lockdown, hopes are high that the country could enter level 2 or 3 restrictions on December 1st.
Dr. However, Tomas Ryan, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College believes that if we reopen in December, we could have another 1,000 cases a day in January.
Dr. Ryan believes the country should postpone Christmas celebrations until the end of January in order to achieve a zero COVID situation – and warned that Christmas this year must be different for every family to stop an upswing that is taking us back could see a third lock.
“I think we can get back to a normality by early January that is very similar to life today in most of Australia. This would mean level 1 or zero restrictions by January if we remove this now, ”he said.
“One way to do this would be to postpone Christmas until the end of January and then have a real Christmas and a real party.
“I don’t think the government has given us reasonable expectations about what our Christmas holiday will be like.
“It will certainly not be something like the Christmas we normally have anyway.
“Most importantly, we’re all in lockdown now, we’re paying a high price anyway, and we want to make sure we get the right use out of it, and we won’t get that if we have another lockdown in January.”
“It will certainly not be worth it if we are locked again in January or early February, which I think should be prevented in every possible way.
“Even if we get to 100 cases a day on December 1st, it seems to me that it would be much more profitable and convenient for everyone in Ireland to reduce cases to single numbers or to zero and then leave them there so we could open up and stay open as long as possible. ”
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