Nphet to advise Government people should work from home wherever possible

Nphet to advise Government people should work from home wherever possible

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The State’s public-health team has advised Government that people should work from home wherever possible amid surging Covid-19 case numbers.

A letter from chief medical officer Tony Holohan was due to be sent to the Government on Thursday night asking that public-health messaging be strengthened in the lead-up to Christmas.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) met on Thursday afternoon to discuss the Covid-19 situation.

A source said that while they had recommended that people should be asked to work from home where possible, the letter did not contain any mandatory work-from-home orders and that businesses were “not being asked to shut up shop”.

They said the team has focused on cutting social contacts and that asking people to work from home where possible would help with this aim.

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“The message is that if people don’t need to be in work then ideally they would not be.”

Nphet has not recommended any additional restrictions whatsoever, the source said.

It is expected the Cabinet will consider the latest Nphet recommendation at its meeting next Tuesday.

The move to recommend an increased level of working from home came after Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said earlier that a work-from-home order was not somethin

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