‘Follow the spirit’ of new Covid guidelines – Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said that the new restrictions beginning today will substantially cut the volume of total social contact across society if people follow “not just the letter but the spirit” of the guidelines.

Dr Holohan said that “it is now down to people individually” to confine social engagements to small groups of people and not to meet up with multiple groups of people over Christmas time.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, he said people should look to cut out discretionary contacts and that there are no plans to introduce stricter measures before Christmas.

However, he said that NPHET will continue to monitor the situation over Christmas and is available to give more information to the Government if need be.