February 22, 2021
Louise O’Reilly TD calls for official protocol for Government Covid-19 announcements

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade, and Employment Louise O’Reilly TD has called for an official protocol for Government Covid-19 announcements after last week’s shambles where the public and businesses were treated to non-stop leaking and contradictory information.
 
Teachta O’Reilly said:
 
“The public are absolutely committed to defeating this virus – they have made huge sacrifices and have risen to the challenge at every stage in the battle against Covid-19.
 
“Many have not seen friends or family for over six weeks, parents are home-schooling, children have not seen their school friends, people have lost their jobs and others are working from the kitchen table or bedroom, respite care has stopped, gyms are closed and sports teams cannot train or play, and a whole host of other sacrifices have been made to help fight the virus.  
 
“The public have not flinched for one second, they have risen to the challenge and are helping reduce the spread of the virus, however, this has also put a huge strain on people’s physical and mental health.
 
“But their commitment and wellbeing was totally disrespected by the Government last week as every day saw new leaks and rumours floated about the future of the public health restrictions.
 
“The constant leaking and a lack of definitive clarity from Government last week put a huge strain on people’s emotions, and it also created significant stress for businesses. This was not fair or helpful.
 
“We need a coherent strategy for the delivery of updates and news regarding the Covid-19 public health restrictions, which prioritises people, communities, and business. 
 
“I am calling on the Government to introduce an official protocol for relaying Covid-19 announcements, which specifically precludes unofficial leaks, which are genuinely unhelpful and confusing for the public and businesses.”

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