A member of NPHET is expressing concern about plans to ease almost all Covid-19 restrictions on October 22nd, our so called Freedom Day.
It comes as cases have increased by 43 per cent over the past week, with 2,066 reported yesterday.
NPHET is to meet on Monday to decide whether to give the go-ahead for measures to ease on Friday week.
Dr Mary Favier says she has concerns about the impact it could have;
"We would no longer be looking for things like vaccine certificates to go indoors, we would no longer be looking at any distance limitations indoors and no longer wearing masks indoors and you can imagine the pubs across bank holiday weekends in those circumstances and very difficult scenarios in terms of hotbeds of infections."
Yesterday afternoon, the deputy chief medical officer, Ronan Glynn, said the incidence of Covid is 'high and rising'. He said nearly 300,000 adults haven't come forward for vaccination and they're at high risk of becoming severely unwell.
The Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said yesterday morning that some measures may remain. He said he wants a full reopening but it all depends on the advice from NPHET.