Dublin has officially entered Level 3 of the five-level plan called ‘Living with Covid-19′ that was announced earlier this week. No other county’s status has changed. The news comes as cases in the capital has risen significantly over the past few weeks with cases set to exceed 1,000 a day by the end of the month.
The Level 3 restrictions are as follows:
- 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
- Visitors from one other household only are permitted in your house
- Gatherings of up to 15 people can take place outdoors
- No exercise or dance classes are allowed however gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools will be opened for individual training only
- Up to 25 people can attend a wedding ceremony and funeral
- Religious services will be moved online however places of worship will remain open for private prayer
- Additional restrictions for indoor dining in bars, cafes and restaurants to include hotels.
- Whilst creches and schools are to stay open with extra protective measures, it is reccommended for third-level colleges to offer courses online
- Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity for essential workers and essential journeys only
- Visits to care homes are to be suspended except for critical and compassionate circumstances
- Face coverings must be worn on public transport and in shops
These restrictions will come into effect from midnight tonight and will remain in place for a minimum of three weeks.
The measures that are to be implemented have come at the behest of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) who have expressed concern at rising case numbers in recent weeks and have subsequently offered recommendations to the Government for implementation.
EDIT 24/09/2020: Donegal has been added to Level 3 restrictions.
EDIT 05/10/2020: The entire country has been added to Level 3 restrictions with improved enforcement