Ireland will end social distancing in schools and lift the requirement to wear masks “in all currently regulated settings”, officials announced on Tuesday. Public health officials will still recommend the use of masks on public transportation and in healthcare settings.
The new guidance, which goes into effect on Monday, follows recommendations by the National Public Health Emergencies Group.
“Following the recent moderate increase – especially among young people – the number of infections detected per day remains high but has stabilized and may begin to decline.” the government said in a statement. “While the burden on our hospitals remains substantial, it is relatively stable.”
The outlook for Covid in the country is “stable and positive,” said Stephen Donnelly, health minister, said in a statement on Friday. The advice from the public health team “is an important indicator that we are moving forward in terms of survivability with Covid-19,” he said.
Mr. Donnelly acknowledged the merits of the Irish people and the country’s vaccine programme. According to to the New York Times database.
Ireland has been gradually easing pandemic restrictions this year. Last month, the country cleared the way for its first public celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day in two years when it announced that most of the Covid restrictions will end.
That decision allows bars and restaurants to remain open after 8 p.m., a closing time that has been mandated in the run-up to the holiday season when Omicron cases are on the rise. It also removes restrictions on how many people can attend events such as weddings, concerts, sporting events and funerals.
“Spring is coming, and I don’t know if I’ve ever looked forward to a spring as much as this one,” said Prime Minister Michael Martin, said last month. “Humans are social creatures, and we Irish are more social than most people. As we look forward to this spring, we need to meet again; we need to see each other laugh; we need to sing again. ”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/22/world/europe/ireland-ends-mask-mandates-and-social-distancing-in-schools.html Ireland ends mask regulations in most places and social distancing in schools.