Commenting on the easing of restrictions, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “This cannot and will not be the kind of Christmas we are used to but it will be a very special time when we will all be able to enjoy some respite from the hardships of 2020”
The entire country will remain in Level 5 until Tuesday December 1st where it will move to a modified Level 3 (a less harsh lockdown). The country will reopen in three stages; From December 1st, December 4th and 18th.
The Government has today agreed the approach for easing restrictions, including a phased move to Level 3 nationally, with a number of exceptions in place for the Christmas period.
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From December 1st:
- Do not leave the county except for work, education and other essential journeys
- People must work from home unless it is necessary to attend in person
- Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity for essential workers and essential journeys only
- Face coverings must be worn on public transport and in shops
- There should be no visitors to your home, apart from those in your support bubble
- In outdoor settings away from your home or garden, up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet while maintaining strict physical distancing.
- At places of worship, there can be a maximum 50 attendees
- Weddings are limited to 25 guests for ceremony and reception
- Up to 25 mourners can attend funerals
- No organised indoor gatherings should take place with the exception of cinemas which can open with protective measures in place
- Gatherings of up to 15 people can take place outdoors
- No matches or other sporting events should take place with the exceptions of elite sports and approved inter-country Gaeilic games that should take place behind closed doors
- Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open for individual use only, with protective measures in place
- Museums and galleries can open with protective measures in place
- Libraries are available for browsing, e-services, and call and collect
- All non-essential retail (eg clothes shops) can reopen
- Restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, discos and casinos are to remain shut
- Wet pubs are to introduce a delivery and takeaway service
- All services such as hairdressers, beauticians, barbers and opticians can open with strict adherence to sectoral guidance on protective measures
- Whilst creches and schools are to stay open with extra protective measures, it is reccommended for third-level colleges to offer courses online
- Playgrounds and play areas all remain open with protective measures in place
- Visits to care homes are to be suspended except for critical and compassionate circumstance
- Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable are advised to continue to exercise personal judgement
All the information provided has been sourced from the Level 3 advice on the official government website. You can find more information here.