Halloween celebrations won’t be the same this year, as Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan has warned against parties and trick or treating.
Dr Holohan said Level 5 restrictions cannot be put to the side to allow Halloween social events to take place.
Typical celebrations, Dr Holohan said, are “not going to be possible this year.” The ‘Stay at Home’ guidance and visiting ban will apply this weekend to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
“I don’t think unfortunately that the disease transmission levels now that we are experiencing are at a level where we can start saying we can set aside some of that advice and guidance notwithstanding the fact that it is Halloween,” Dr Holohan said.
“Our advice and guidance is clear, that it applies to individuals to stay at home unless there are very specific exceptions, like essential work, attendance at school, childcare service and things like essential grocery shopping or exercise with 5km.”
“The kind of mixing that that would go on is social settings that we are all familiar with at Halloween time – visiting one another’s houses, gathering together in the evening time for the kind of celebrations that we all miss – these things are just not going to be possible this year I’m afraid,” he said.