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Varadkar - 'No change' to 2m social distancing rule despite Cabinet objections

By Sarah Finnan

May 24, 2020 at 11:01am

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Leo Varadkar has reiterated the importance of sticking to the current social distancing measures - ones that call for a minimum of two metres between people.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has come out to say that there will be no changes made to the country's advice regarding social distancing - with the current measures advising people to maintain at least two metres between them at all times.

The Taoiseach's comments come after it was revealed that a number of Cabinet ministers rallied for the measures to be amended in line with the advice of the World Health Organisation which, as it stands, allows for a distance of one-metre between people.

It's believed that 'robust' Government discussions on the matter were held at the Cabinet on Friday, with Varadkar confirming yesterday that there will be no change and the country will continue to follow guidance from the HSE.

Speaking to RTE News, Varadkar is quoted as saying:

"There is no change to the advice to maintain a physical distance of two metres. The public health advice from NPHET stands."

Minister for Health Simon Harris echoed Varadker's comments, adding that the measures are in place to keep us all safe and protected. Posting a Saturday night update to Twitter, Harris recommended that people "keep up the public health measures", encouraging the public on with news that the number of patients with Covid-19 in Irish hospitals is "thankfully continuing to fall".

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