COVID-19: Advice on Public Gatherings including Music Events to be Published Soon – Minister Coveney
On Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning, Minister Simon Coveney said that further advice on public gatherings, including concerts and sporting events, will be provided in the coming days, and may even be published this evening (10 March).
Commenting on the current situation with regard to the COVID-19 virus, he said:
We should all think carefully about unnecessary public gatherings. I think you will get advice shortly, if not even this evening, but certainly in the next few days on public gatherings and numbers and proximity… We want to make sure that that advice is accurate and based on… as sound an evidence base as we can provide.
If you are organising seminars, if you’re bringing people together for whatever reason, whether it’s a concert, whether it’s a sporting fixture… keep a close eye on the HSE website and we will be providing updated information on public gatherings shortly.
Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, will be meeting today with the National Public Health Emergency Team to discuss the issue of public gatherings, in order ‘to give clearer and more detailed guidelines around public gatherings’, according to Coveney.
Coveney’s comments come after St Patrick’s Day parades across the country have been cancelled, due to concerns about a further spread of the virus.