“So if you have tables spread out by two metres and people who are already in their bubble sat at each table and servers wearing masks, I think that can be done safer.”
The relaxed measures announced by the Government yesterday came despite a warning from Nphet that the risk is still too high.
Prof McConkey said people acting responsibly over the coming weeks can prevent a further rise in cases.
“The hope that we want to get to is the control of community spread low enough so we can visit our grandmothers and others in a very comfortable and relaxed way.
“But we are not there yet and with 200 cases a day it is hard to get to there. Hopefully, the numbers do come down a bit in the next week or two and we can gradually get there.
“I would put out that hope that it is not inevitable that cases rise as we socialise.”
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