The owner of Sam’s Barbers in Dublin ‘Sam Donnelly’ has criticised a suggestion for barbers to start checking vaccine passes.
Although vaccine passes are currently only needed for the hospitality sector and international travel, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that he was in favour of the suggestion of incorporating the system into hairdressers and gyms.
This possible extension comes as cases continue to surge throughout Ireland with Holohan announcing yesterday that people may need to use the pass in order to access gyms and hairdressers.
“We look at all of that on an ongoing basis, and we’ll give advice on that if we think that’s appropriate.”
Holohan added, “But… we’d have no reason to have any concern about that, and nothing to stop people in those sectors saying ‘That’s an additional security and safety measure that I can put in place to protect my staff, protect my customers’ – that would be a good thing”.
Responding to these comments, Sam Donnelly spoke on The Pat Kenny Show, saying that the approach makes no sense and that “It’s complete tripe to be quite honest.”
While urging that the industry is a safe environment, Donnelly said, “We’re in this pandemic almost two years, we’ve had employees test positive and their colleagues have not tested positive.”
He also stated that such an action would give rise to the black market economy “which has already got ahead of everyone on this stop-start of eight months being closed”.
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