| 5.8°C Belfast

Close

Premium


Nelson McCausland

Closing the churches in Northern Ireland won’t do anything to stop spread of virus

Nelson McCausland


British Medical Association chief should reconsider extreme claim

Close

Fr Tim Bartlett installs Covid-19 social distancing measures at Belfast’s oldest Catholic Church, St Marys (Niall Carson/PA)

Fr Tim Bartlett installs Covid-19 social distancing measures at Belfast’s oldest Catholic Church, St Marys (Niall Carson/PA)

Fr Tim Bartlett installs Covid-19 social distancing measures at Belfast’s oldest Catholic Church, St Marys (Niall Carson/PA)

Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are doing an incredible job in the current pandemic and they deserve our gratitude and praise. Their insights are valuable and it is important that their voices are heard, alongside all the other insights and all the other voices.

However, the call by Dr Tom Black, chair of the British Medical Association in Northern Ireland, for churches to be closed as part of a lockdown is extreme.

The term “evidence-based” is used widely in public discourse and, day after day, we are being told of the need to “follow the evidence”.


Privacy