The Irish Government has announced a new roadmap to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
There is now a five-level plan in place for the next six months called ‘Living with Covid-19′. Level 1 is the least severe whereas Level 5 is the most serious. The entire country, including Dublin, sits at Level 2. The country is at Level Two until a vaccine has been approved and widely administered. If cases continue to rise in the capital, Dublin will enter Level three which would mean not leaving the county.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told the press briefing: “We were in this together, now we can get through this together.”
The new restrictions are as follows:
- ‘Wet pubs’, ie pubs that do not serve food, in Dublin are not allowed to reopen but can reopen in every other county
- You can have visitors to your house from one other household only and a maximum of six people
- Restrictions on nursing home visiting numbers
- Restaurants, cafés, and bars can remain open under current restrictions
- Nightclubs and casinos will remain closed
- Ireland’s Green List of safe travel countries will be updated
- Fans will be allowed back in outdoor sports venues in a limited capacity depending on venue size
- People who can work from home should continue to do so
It is important to note that schools, colleges and universities would only be closed in the event of a region or the country moving to a level five stage of alert.
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that the new measures will come into effect from midnight. Taoiseach Micheal Martin said these restrictions will continue for another three weeks.