Una Mullally: Shirking social occasions not uncommon in this Covid wave

Unease and Covid fears will keep many of us away from pre-Christmas meet-ups

 Capel Street: Last year, it seemed like everyone was bursting to socialise. This time around, it’s not uncommon  for people to be shirking the social occasions and spaces they so deeply missed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Capel Street: Last year, it seemed like everyone was bursting to socialise. This time around, it’s not uncommon for people to be shirking the social occasions and spaces they so deeply missed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

To go out or not to go out? As the festive season ramps up, that is the question. We don’t know what Christmas will be like this year, and we aren’t being given a great deal of instruction in preparation. Again. We are in a very different situation now than we were last year, yet there are still remnants of the conflicting logic and confusing messaging that characterised that time in 2020.

In November last year, I wrote about the garbled messaging coming from Government as restrictions were lifted, something that ended up having chaotic and tragic consequences. At the time, I thought it would be better if people conceived of a return to socialising as something framed as a menu of choices – “or” not “and” – otherwise adherence to public health guidelines would fall apart, cases would rise and we’d be in lockdown again, which is what happened.

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