It's "very likely" the government will receive advice on further Covid-19 restrictions
Simon Harris said on Monday morning that he expects to receive advice on further Covid-19 restrictions from experts tomorrow.
Simon Harris has warned that tougher restrictions will be introduced if people do not heed advice about social distancing.
Speaking on Morning Ireland on Monday, the Minister for Health said that it is frankly quite likely that the government will receive more advice on further restrictions as the spread of Covid-19 increases.
Harris said: "We won't be making decision based on Twitter trends or political populism, we'll follow the public health of advice. Tomorrow Tony Holohan's team will consider further recommendations to be made to government... Every time we've received recommendations from them we've implemented them in full."
He then stressed the point that social distancing must be abided by, saying it's not something that's just nice to do, and that it's saving lives.
"To be very clear to everybody in Ireland today: you need to abide by the social distancing. That means there should be two metres between you and other people," Minister for Health @SimonHarrisTD tells RTÉ's @MorningIreland | https://t.co/MJHqr99J7E #coronavirus #covid19 pic.twitter.com/XhaWMPivrZ
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 23, 2020
This comes after reports over the weekend of large crowds gathering outdoors and failing to maintain the recommended social distancing guidelines.
Wicklow County Council closed all car parks and facilities at Glendalough after large amounts of people gathered there over the weekend.
When asked about the current situation in Italy, and how badly coronavirus affected the country, Harris definitively said: "we're not going that way, we can't go that way."