Confusion over Dublin’s status under new pandemic plan

Confusion over Dublin’s status under new pandemic plan

Confusion over what measures will apply in Dublin, apparent contradictions between Ministers, and the sudden announcement in the Dáil that members of the Cabinet were “self-isolating” overshadowed Tuesday’s publication of the Government’s plan for managing the pandemic for the next six months.

The plan, launched at Dublin Castle, was immediately criticised by Opposition parties for being unclear when the Government revealed that, although there would be a framework incorporating five levels of restrictions depending on the rate of spread of coronavirus, Dublin was judged to be currently between two levels.

While the country is currently designated at level two, Dublin is put at level two but with extra restrictions which came into operation on Tuesday night.

There was confusion about what the restrictions actually entail. Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said residents in Dublin “absolutely can” travel outside the county.

But Taoiseach Micheál Martin later clarified that the advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) was that while people were being encouraged not to travel outside Dublin, there was no regulation attached to it.

“I am encouraging people not to travel, if at all possible,” Mr Martin told RTÉ.

Domestic travel

The Department of Health directed queries on the issue to the level two details from the Covid-19 plan which say that there are “no restrictions” on domestic travel.

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