People are being warned not to relax their social distancing efforts over coronavirus this Mother’s Day.
This Sunday is set to be one of the most testing times for families as they avoid close contact with each other to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Mother’s Day lunches, outings and visits should not take place this year, the government has warned.
The virus will not pause for a Mother’s Day visit, said Minister of State for Community Affairs Seán Canney.
He urged people to continue social distancing and isolation to protect their loved ones.
“We have to work at it every second of every minute of every day. This virus won’t give up for half an hour or an hour, or a day. So we should not either because we are at war with this virus and we should continue to be on our guard,” Minister Canney said.
HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid added: “We can’t lax the guidance and the rules that we have put in place, even for a day.”
People might not even be able to spend Mother’s Day with their own mum, this extraordinary Mother’s Day can be made special with phonecalls, video chats and keeping a space of two metres between you and another person.
The HSE has a list of guidelines to protect yourself and others from infection at: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself.html