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Dr Holohan issues important message as 14 day run in to Christmas begins


This day two weeks will be Christmas Day.

Christmas is an important time for a lot of people. And this year, it is probably the first time that many of us will get to meet family members for a long time.

And after the year we have all endured due to the Covid-19 pandemic, having Christmas this year is probably more important than ever.

And that is why today’s date, December 11, significant because from this day onwards, the risk of having to self isolate over Christmas increases.

If a person either contracts Covid-19 or is designated as a close contact of a confirmed case, they will have to enter a 14-day period of self isolation.

Nobody wants to have to spend Christmas day alone in their room and that was the gist of the message that Dr Tony Holohan gave at last night’s briefing at the Department of Health.

He urged members of society to their own “risk assessment” before deciding to come into contact with others.

He said: “Tomorrow marks 14 days to Christmas Day.

“To ensure the safest possible interaction with your family over Christmas, consider restricting your movements now.

“Risk assess the environments you plan to be in over the next two weeks; are they compliant with public health measures? Can you keep a two metre distance? Are people wearing face coverings?

“Now is the time to make decisions about what interactions are necessary and pose the lowest risk to you, your family and friends over Christmas.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.