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That reopening: Slowly now… October 19, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Well at least some sense asserting itself given the pressures on ICUs given the news today that:

A revised reopening plan has been unveiled by Ministers which will see the easing of further restrictions on the night-time economy coupled with the retention of public health measures until at least February 2022.

Under the plan, normal trading hours in pubs, restaurants and wider hospitality will resume, and nightclubs are set to reopen from Friday – albeit it with restrictions – for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

New rules will be developed for the operation of nightclubs which are likely to “involve Covid-19 passes, contact tracing data collection and wearing of face masks except when eating, drinking and dancing”, the Government said in a statement.

Still, talk about stating the blindingly obvious:

Mr Varadkar said: “The pandemic isn’t over yet. We’re going to have get through at least another winter before we can say it’s behind us.”

And:

The full return to offices is being delayed until next spring in response to rising Covid-19 cases, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said.

Setting out changes to the Government’s planned lifting of coronavirus restrictions, Mr Varadkar said “a staggered and phased return to the office” was still possible but a full return to offices – “as we knew them”– would not happen until the spring of 2022.

Again, sensible.

But the point was made on the excellent Plague Tapes podcast with Dr. Groove and Andrew Flood, and this made by Dr. Groove – and I paraphrase, that the government had oversold the ‘return’ to ‘normality’ in the past month or two or three to the point that people acted as if…well… things had returned to normal. Messaging by the government has been in some ways really poor. Is that going to change?

And a worrying point made by Andrew Flood – that if Covid becomes endemic then there’s potentially significant pressures on ICUs to the point that ‘existing health infrastructure would not be able to handle’ these pressures. And then one factors in waves, and spikes and weather and waning protection from vaccines. And more pressure at some points and less at others and suddenly endemic Covid looks… not great. Potentially a demand for 500-3000 ICU places. We have 300 at the moment. Or one has restrictions periodically… at Christmas.  And as Flood notes these questions aren’t addressed. Other measures? Booster doses for more of the population. Anti-viral treatments in pill form (easier than IV drips). Improved testing. And so on. But still. We are nowhere near out of the woods yet.

 

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1. Klassenkampf Treehugger - October 19, 2021

So no need for Beer Glasses then in the nightclubs. Everyone will be masked anyway!

Personally I think it’s a bit mad opening clubs just at this stage.

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WorldbyStorm - October 19, 2021

Me too. I’d strongly recommend listening to that podcast btw – a very very sobering view of the future.

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2. irishelectionliterature - October 19, 2021

Laughed when I saw that Aontús Ard Fheis has now been moved online and the Dinner dance cancelled due to the extension of the vaccine cert rules!

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irishelectionliterature - October 20, 2021

Incidentally at least one other Party is planning their Annual Conference for November. Will they go ahead or risk a few anti vax members protesting outside?

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WorldbyStorm - October 20, 2021

That’s telling re the Aontú AF.

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