Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has advised parents that it’s safer to not bring their children to indoor dining settings such as pubs, restaurants and cafés.
Holohan spoke at a National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) briefing where he stated that this advice is the “responsible public health advice” while stressing that outdoor dining was still possible.
As new legislation, which is planned to come into effect next week, will grant fully vaccinated people access to indoor hospitality, children under 18 will also be allowed to dine indoors once accompanied by a fully vaccinated individual.
Holohan stated that caution still needs to be exercised as the Delta variant continues to spread across the country while adding, “We know that Delta transmission among children can happen.”
Holohan added that it may be weeks rather than months before we see levels of vaccine uptake in the population and levels of protection in the population as a result of the vaccine which will allow some arrangements that are currently in place to be removed.
Holohan stated that the virus still has the potential to surprise us and that there will be other challenges such as the flu during the winter months.