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More COVID-19 restrictions can still be avoided this winter - Harris

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris says new restrictions are not inevitable.
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16.32 22 Nov 2021


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More COVID-19 restrictions can still be avoided this winter - Harris

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16.32 22 Nov 2021


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Minister Simon Harris has said more COVID-19 restrictions can still be avoided this winter.

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Economic Recovery will meet later to discuss specific supports for the hospitality sector.

It comes as some businesses have reported cancelled bookings as the number of new COVID-19 cases has increased, as well as concerns within the hospitality industry that more restrictions could be coming.

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It follows the introduction of a midnight curfew for pubs, nightclubs and restaurants last week - one of several measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus over the coming weeks.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan earlier today said further restrictions are not inevitable.

That was a message repeated by Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris.

He said: "We are trying to work with business and the people of this country to keep things open.

"The efforts we're all taking collectively and individually... there is still a chance we can do this.

"There is no inevitably about what will happen next.

"I do think that's somehow been lost this weekend. You'd be somewhat forgiven if you were to read the commentary and presume the next steps in relation to COVID restrictions have been decided... far from it."

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, meanwhile, said the spread of the virus can still be reduced, and some of the steps people have already taken are welcome.

He said the country's now in a "different phase" of the pandemic, and the vaccination programme gives the Government options to avoid another lockdown.

Reporting by Sean Defoe and Stephen McNeice
Main image: File photo. Picture by ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

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