The Minister for Health has told the Dáil that Ireland “will be in a better position to act quickly” if legislation is introduced to permit hotel quarantine if it is needed.
Stephen Donnelly was speaking during a debate over the Government’s reintroduction of mandatory hotel quarantine legislation.
“These measures may not be enough” and “hotel quarantine may be necessary for a limited time” to give us time to increase vaccination rates and deliver promising anti-viral drugs, Mr Donnelly said.
The biggest benefit of quarantine previously was that it delayed visits to Ireland from countries of concern.
Mr Donnelly said the bill contains new provisions based on lessons learned from Ireland’s previous experience, including the speeding up of the appeals process.