OPINION: Varadkar’s weak non-announcement increases worry, uncertainty and confusion – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

OPINION: Varadkar’s weak non-announcement increases worry, uncertainty and confusion

People are perplexed at the non-message delivered by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar which has not really changed the situation regarding the measures taken to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The Taoiseach himself said he would not describe the measures being taken as a “lockdown” despite the fact that this is the exact action that poll after poll has show the people are demanding from the government. This is also what is being recommended by other countries who are weeks ahead of Ireland in dealing with this virus such as Italy.

These new measures, many of which will only be taken at the discretion of some business owners, will have no effect on the tens of thousands of individuals who will still crowd Ireland’s beaches, parks and public spaces in the coming weeks as we experience the warmer weather.

Construction sites will continue to operate, there is no guarantee that non-essential shops or places of worship will close while in an ambiguous announcement people are still permitted to go out for ‘work, medicine and food shopping as well as care for others’ what does this mean?

Parks and public spaces will still be open however, an increased number of park rangers and Gardai imbued with new powers to enforce “social distancing” are meant to somehow mitigate the spreading disease.

So, this non-announcement has left people worried, perplexed and confused about whether or not they will be going to work and more importantly, these half measures may only increase the pain in terms of human suffering, loss of life and least importantly, economically.

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