THIS IS going to be an Easter like no other in living memory, as people are set to remain in their homes for the eagerly anticipated four-day weekend.
The Easter bank holidays tend to be a long weekend of visiting friends and family, attending Easter mass, hitting the pubs and getting away for the weekend, but with the Government-mandated effective lockdown still in place, many of the annual celebrations will not take place.
But there is one thing that will be the same as every other year-- an abundance of chocolate.
Minister for Health, Simon Harris, revealed that a number of children had contacted him a very important question: will the Easter Bunny still be visiting Irish houses?
Thankfully, it seems that, like every other year, children will be waking up on Easter Sunday to find that the legendary rabbit has hidden chocolate eggs around their houses, as Minister Harris has classified him as an essential worker who has permission to travel all across the country to continue his very important work.
Important news for children: Many of you contacted me & asked me to if the Easter Bunny was allowed work this weekend. I have checked with our top doctors & the good news is he can. But he has been contacted to remind him about washing his hands regularly & keeping his distance
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 7, 2020
The Health Minister revealed that the decision was made after checking in with Ireland's top doctors, who agreed that the Easter Bunny could do his duty as long as he kept his distance and washed his hands thoroughly after visiting each house.
Mr Harris made the confirmation on Twitter, where he said:
"Important news for children:
"Many of you contacted me & asked me if the Easter Bunny was allowed work this weekend.
"I have checked with our top doctors & the good news is he can.
"But he has been contacted to remind him about washing his hands regularly & keeping his distance."
Good news for all the children-- and grown-up 'big kids'!-- who were concerned about a lack of chocolate this Easter!