Taoiseach Micheal Martin issues update on Level Five lockdown exit and Christmas plans

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said that the Government wants to leave Level Five on December 1 and believes we can have a “meaningful and enjo...


Taoiseach Micheal Martin said that the Government wants to leave Level Five on December 1 and believes we can have a “meaningful and enjoyable” Christmas.

Ireland is due to exit the current Level Five restrictions at the end of the month.

However it is still not clear what our next step will be.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet on Thursday, November 26, with a final Government decision expected shortly after.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin

And tonight the Taoiseach has said that there will be a strong emphasis on “guidance” rather than garda enforcement over the festive season.

He told Virgin Media News: “We want to exit Level Five on December 1 and not come back to Level Five, that would be our objective.

“In terms of the Christmas week period, will gardai be knocking on doors on Christmas Eve? No they will not clearly because one has to understand the limits of governmental interference with families at a time like Christmas.

“So therefore there will be a strong emphasis on guidance, and a specific communication campaign around that.”

On possible changes to the current 5km travel limits, the Fianna Fail leader added: “We would like to see some relaxation of that, but again I’m not to preempt the Government on that.”

But Mr Martin emphasised that this would “not be a normal Christmas”.

He continued: “It will not be a normal Christmas, but it can be a meaningful and enjoyable one and a safe one, we have to adjust and adapt.

“And I think there will be a heavy emphasis on the guidance aspect of this over the few days of Christmas itself.

“The precise manner in which we exit Level Five has yet to be determined and Government will discuss that next week.”



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