Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has insisted the public to avoid meeting people from other households in indoor settings in the wake of recent Covid surge. According to Mr Holohan, the Omicron cases in the country are increasing and it would soon become the prevalent variant surpassing Delta.
“It is important that all of us continue to reduce our contacts and avoid crowded places, to the greatest extent possible, as we see the Omicron variant become the dominant variant of Covid-19 in Ireland,” he said.
“We know that this variant is more transmissible than even the highly transmissible Delta variant. As such, please do not socialise or meet indoors with people from other households.” he added.
He also advised people not to shop from places where health guidelines are not followed. If you find a shop crowded, take a queue outside and shop only when it’s less crowded.
“Avoid crowded places including retail environments. Choose to shop online where possible, queue outside and leave any retail environment that does not feel safe and that is not adhering to the public health guidance – implementing social distancing measures and queueing system, limiting numbers in-store and staff wearing masks correctly (covering nose, mouth and chin).”