Older people are being punished for the actions of others. That’s according to Active Retirement Ireland, commenting today (18.08.2020) in response to the latest Government Covid-19 restrictions which sees older people being asked to limit their time spent outdoors and avoid congregated settings.

Commenting on the new restrictions, Maureen Kavanagh, CEO of Active Retirement Ireland, said: “Like everyone in Ireland at the moment, we are concerned to see the recent increase in the numbers of Covid-19 cases, and recognise the need for all sectors of society to play their part in suppressing the virus.

“However, today’s announcement that older people are to limit their time spent outdoors is disrespectful to our older population. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, our older people cocooned and diligently followed all of the Government advice. Our older people sacrificed seeing their families, they adapted to using new technologies, they followed the guidelines and remained indoors for the duration of lockdown. Asking them to stay indoors again and to reduce their social interaction is unfair after they have already sacrificed so much, and while our members will comply with this advice, they feel that they alone are being asked to bear the brunt of this.

“It’s clear that the recent outbreak in cases hasn’t originated from older people socialising or flouting Government guidelines. We do not believe in pitting one generation against another. Everyone must act together if we are to come through this. While we, as much as anyone, understand the need to protect our older citizens, we believe the distinct causes of the recent surge in cases must be dealt with, rather than re-imposing restrictions on some of the most vulnerable in our society.”

Active Retirement Ireland is the national representative body for over 500 Active Retirement Associations throughout Ireland with a membership of over 24,000 people.

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