Professor Luke O’Neill has said Ireland needs to start reopening as over 90% of adults have now received at least one Covid-19 vaccine.
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and Government are to decide this week on the revised roadmap for the easing of restrictions.
“Clearly the Delta is out there – that’s changed everything. We need to be a little bit careful, but we have to start reopening,” O’Neill said speaking with Pat Kenny on Newstalk.
“My former colleague Paul Moynagh was saying this and I agree with him 100% – we need to get back towards things.”
“We’ll need to observe certain things – we’ll have to wear masks indoors still, and antigen testing is a key weapon. They’ll still be in place for the foreseeable future.”
O’Neill went on to say it was “slightly unnerving” to see so many people not wearing masks at yesterday’s All-Ireland Hurling Final.
An Taoiseach is expected to give an announcement on August 31st, detailing the revised roadmap for easing restrictions.