Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Department of An Taoiseach

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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31. To ask the Taoiseach his role in defining the different measures, restrictions and guidelines in terms of the 5 levels of Covid-19 restrictions. [37229/20]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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The Government’s medium-term approach to managing COVID-19 is set out in Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021 - Plan for Living with COVID-19 which contains a Framework for Restrictive Measures across five levels. Each of the five levels contains a “basket” of measures which are intended, collectively, to contribute to lowering risk of transmission in alignment with the risk level at that time. The Framework is informed by public health advice, but also recognises the need for society and business to be allowed to continue as normally as possible.

The plan sets out the decision-making framework and the respective roles of the National Public Health Emergency Team, the COVID-19 Oversight Group, the Cabinet Committee which I chair and the Senior Officials Group.

Decisions in relation to the measures and restrictions in place at any given time are taken collectively by Government, and reflect the prevailing disease situation and recognise that we can and must prioritise some activities over others.

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