Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said September will be too early to ease Covid-19 public health measures.
Stephen Donnelly was speaking to the Seanad on Friday about extending the current legislation for public health measures until at least November.
“There are currently members of the Dáil who simply don’t believe we should have public health measures in place. I couldn’t disagree more strongly with that view,” Donnelly said.
“September to me and to public health is too early, partly because what we’re going to see in September is a lot of people going back to school, a lot of people going back to work and a lot of people going back to third-level education,” he continued.
Donnelly went on to say that because there will be increased activity around the country in the coming months, Government needs to have this legislation in place to quickly take action if absoultely necessary.
The Seanad ultimately passed the legislation extending the emergency powers until November.
The Bill will now go to the President to be signed into law.
Opposition TDs criticised the Government for voting in favour of extending the emergency powers.
The legislation will allowed to be extended beyond November if it is necessary, but will not go beyond February 2022.
Image credit – Cityswift Ireland – Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityswift/49834430522