Deputy chief medical officer (CMO) Dr. Ronan Glynn has said people can trick-or-treat over the Halloween weekend safely if they take “basic precautions”.
“Unfortunately our cases, our incidence and the numbers in hospital and ICU are all continuing to increase,” Glynn said.
“We are seeing significant pressure on our hospital system as a result of the profile of disease at present. We’re seeing cancellation of elective activity. We’re seeing significant staff absences.”
He went on to say that Ireland’s future trajectory is very uncertain.
Glynn was later asked if he had any concerns about the Halloween weekend, to which he responded: “So, people can trick or treat, people can do the things they normally do at Halloween but maybe don’t do it every day over the weekend.”
“Maybe don’t meet up with multiple different groups of children over the weekend.”
“And the core message and the key message is that – and it will mean that some children are very disappointed this weekend – if you have a sick child then please isolate them and don’t let them mix with other children.”
“It’s not a message that any of us wants to be giving and it’s not a message I’m sure that parents want to hear but we do need to take the basic precautions,” he continued.
“On the other hand, if we do take the basic precautions, there’s no reason why people can’t do the things that we normally do at Halloween very safely.”
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