Government Decides To Cancel St. Patrick's Day Parades In Ireland
Following a meeting of a special cabinet committee on COVID-19, the government has decided that no St. Patrick's Day parades will take place in Ireland this year.
Reasons For The Decision
The government chose to cancel the country's parades as a consequence of the scale of Ireland's St. Patrick's Day festivities; the continued progression of community transmission in some European countries; and the emergence of a small number of cases of local transmission in Ireland.
The decision was based on advice from the national public health emergency team.
The special cabinet committee was chaired by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and received briefings from relevant ministers and officials, including the chief medical officer and the chief executive of the Health Service Executive.
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