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Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan

This morning.

Good times.

New advice for British arrivals since 8 December (RTÉ)



Premiering this morning.

An Irish woman in London is caught in a reverie as she contemplates the fact that she will not be able to return home for Christmas. Meanwhile, back in Ireland, the world is left empty without her presence….

Craig writes:

A specially commissioned piece for To Be Irish, District Magazine has produced ‘Homecoming’ a short film about Irish people abroad who are unable to return home for Christmas.

District have enlisted the help of James Vincent McMorrow and Gemma Dunleavy to contribute a score and narration, respectively. London-based, Irish playwright Karen Cogan (The Young Offenders) provides the original screenplay…

District Magazine

To Be Irish

This Christmas…

…are you rona ready?

Via The Irish Times:

What should people do when they arrive at your home?

By now, you’ll realise that there should be no kissing, hugging or shaking hands when people arrive at your home – even on Christmas Day – because Covid-19 spreads most easily in respiratory droplets that remain on your face or hands. Find ways to greet people gracefully and sincerely without these traditional greetings. For example, you could bow slightly while maintaining eye contact or you could spread your arms wider to simulate a hug.

Where should people sit for Christmas dinner?

Public health experts have clearly stated that members of each household should sit together when visiting family and friends over Christmas. While this might seem a bit crazy – given that you’re there to socialise with other people – you could find ways to seat people in so-called social bubbles by leaving a table setting between each group.

How to safely host family and friends in your home during Christmas (Sylva Thompson, Irish Times)

Graphic: UCC

This afternoon.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Europeans to wear masks INDOORS during family gatherings at Christmas.

Via WHO:

“It may feel awkward to wear masks and practise physical distancing when around friends and family, but doing so contributes significantly to ensuring that everyone remains safe and healthy,”

“Vulnerable people and older friends or relatives may find it very difficult to ask loved ones to stay away physically, regardless of the anxieties or concerns they may have. Consider what others may be feeling and the difficult decisions they will be facing.”

Good times.

Covid-19: Europeans urged to wear masks for family Christmas (BBC)

Pic: AP