Today I spoke in the Dáíl during Health Statements on Covid-19. I raised a number of issues to Minister Harris including the progress of the Covid-19 contact tracing app, the reopening guidelines for hairdressers, monitoring for a second wave of infections, and the importance of sick pay.
The Contact Tracing App, while not a replacement for normal contact tracing, would make the contact tracing effort much more effective. As we move into new phases of the reopening roadmap it would be good to have this additional measures in place. I questioned the Minister on the progress of the app and on when it is expected to launch?
I called for the Minister to examine the roadmap in relation to the reopenning of Hairdressers and Barbers. As hairdressers open across Europe, it is important that the Minister consider the importance of this service in terms of peoples mental health and confidence.
As we move into new phases of the roadmap, it is important that we effectively monitor and assess the risk for a second wave of infections. I questioned the Minister on the mechanisms and procedures in place to do this.
Finally I raised the issue of sick pay. I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have not been able to access sick pay. In order to effectively prevent the spread of Covid-19, sick pay should be available for those who would normally be obliged to work in order to continue to make ends meet.
Read the transcript of the debate here. And watch the debate below.