Extra COVID-19 restrictions announced for Dublin, with pubs to remain closed

Five new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Offaly as one county records over 200 cases

Five new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Offaly as one county records over 200 cases

While the country is currently on level two, there will be additional restrictions for Dublin for now due to a surge in COVID-19 cases - including greater limits on home visits and the continued closure of "wet pubs". Restrictions are similar to ones that have been in place recently, but larger venues will be able to have crowds of up to 100 patrons when social distancing measures are in place.

Following publication of the Government's Living with Covid plan, Dr Glynn says the advice remains the same.

Taoiseach Mr Martin last night denied that the Government is acting too slowly on introducing Nphet's recommendations for the capital.

"Certainly the severe restrictions brought in to Kildare, Laois and Offaly did work".

"Socialising can continue at indoor or outdoor public venues, but only with people from their own household or one other household, and in groups of no more than six."

"As a result, we will have a high visibility presence throughout Dublin".

The national incidence rate of Covid-19 is now 46.8, with Dublin's rate nearly double that at 89.1 per 100,000.

We are effectively in level two of restrictions now.

For example, weddings can have 100 people in attendance under level one, but just six people in levels four and five.

Level three would involve instructions to people to stay within defined regions, counties or even areas within counties, though sources stressed no final decisions have been taken.

Drink-only pubs in Dublin will not reopen next week as planned as part of new restrictions set to be announced today.

The aim is to keep schools, creches and businesses open in as numerous scenarios as possible, with the government hoping these rules will allow people to have a life while also saving lives.

The Government is also likely to adopt a traffic light system for foreign travel being developed by the EU.

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