“These Restrictions May Go On For Some Time”


This morning.

At a press briefing in Government Buildings, Tánaiste Simon Coveney was asked how long the “cocooning” restriction will continue.

He said:

“As you know the Government takes its advice from the chief medical officer [Tony Holohan] and his team and the national public health emergency team but I do think people do need to realise that these restrictions may go on for some time.

“I think it’s wrong to put a timeline on it. We’ve set an initial period [until Easter] but I think that it may well be that we will need to go beyond that initial guideline but again that will be a decision taken with the best public health advice that we can get.”

The “cocooning” phase affects people over 70 and those who are medically vulnerable.

They are not allowed to leave their homes and are to have no interaction or minimal interaction with other people. It’s currently scheduled to remain in place until Easter Sunday, April 12.

Previously: “There’s No Fate But What We Make For Ourselves”

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10 thoughts on ““These Restrictions May Go On For Some Time”

    1. bottler

      Regina Doherty probably does not give a toss that some previously part time workers are helping themselves to 350 Euro a week of “free money,”

    2. Cian

      It depends on:
      1. how long does this last in Ireland
      2. how badly is the world economy affected
      3. what will the ECB do to help?

      But if we’re talking 3 months of crisis and ECB does nothing…. um. lots and lots.

        1. Cian

          Sure, but it is a loan. So it will be added to national debt.
          We need ‘free’ money – ECP needs to print more Euro!

  1. Formerly Known As @ireland.com

    New Zealand shutdown early. One death, so far. There are plenty of cases but they have a good chance of staying on top of it.

  2. f_lawless

    I see the Guardian is now giving column space to those who aren’t convinced about the decision to implement lockdown measures.


    ‘..But “the science” appeared to lead us to differing conclusions. The same weekend Johnson did his volte face, an Oxford University team led by Sunetra Gupta, a professor of theoretical epidemiology, pointed out that figures on the morbidity of Covid-19 were virtually meaningless in the absence of testing. They suggested that half the population could have had already it mildly, which, if true, would imply the death rate was far lower than thought. Were that the case, it might seem more sensible to throw resources at the NHS and merely encourage people to avoid crowds rather than shut down the economy…

    … The maverick – but frequently accurate – pandemic forecaster at Stanford University John Ioannidis called the data collected so far on the pandemic “utterly unreliable”. It would one day, he claimed, be regarded as “an evidence fiasco” ..

    …Science was plainly suffering herd disagreement – leaving politicians floundering. There is clearly more than one side to this argument. Will Sweden prove better or worse than adjacent Denmark? One day the mother of all inquiries will tell us. For the present, all we know is that the world is conducting a massive real-time experiment in state authority…”

  3. Cian

    Will Sweden prove better or worse than adjacent Denmark?
    Sweden is 4 days ahead of Denmark (counting from the day they declared 100 cases).
    1/4/2020: Denmark (their day 22) has 3,290 cases (+251) and 104 deaths
    28/3/2020: Sweden (their day 22) had 3,477 cases (+378) 105 deaths

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