Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
326. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will respond to matters raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44482/20]
328. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will address matters raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44542/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 326 and 328 together.
Pursuant to a Government decision, the prevailing public health regulations include bowling alleys amongst the list of businesses that are not permitted to reopen under Level 3 restrictions.
The Government’s COVID-19 strategy, in line with the public health advice, is disease suppression. COVID-19 spreads when individuals and groups come into close contact with one another, enabling the virus to move from one person to another. The risk of infection spread is greater in certain environments than others e.g. uncontrolled environments, crowded and noisy places, indoor environments, and poorly ventilated spaces.
The Government is cognisant of the significant impact that the COVID-19 crisis continues to have on those businesses that remain closed. However, the priority in level 3 is to keep health services, schools and early learning and childcare services open and minimise disruption in the work force.