Government reject Level 5 advice in favour of Level 3 nationwide
The Government has rejected the advice of NPHET to place Ireland under a Level 5 Covid-19 alert, instead choosing Level 3 restrictions for the entire country, but with stricter enforcement.
The Cabinet Covid-19 sub-committee has ended its deliberations this Monday, October 5. It followed a meeting between the three coalition party leaders and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan this morning that lasted for two hours and 15 minutes.
The Cabinet will now meet at 5.30pm to discuss the plan, with an official announcement expected this evening.
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) had written to Government yesterday evening advising the highest level of restrictions, advice that was largely greeted with dismay and disagreement from businesses and many politicians.
LEVEL 3 EXPLAINED:
Social or family gatherings:
Visitors from 1 other household to a maximum of 6 people only OR your own household only. No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.
Up to 25 people can attend a wedding ceremony and reception.
No organised indoor gatherings should take place.
Outdoors: Non contact training only in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).
Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes.
Matches and events
No matches or events to take place.
Exemption: professional/elite/inter-county/club championship/horse-racing can take place behind closed doors.
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools
Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools open with protective measures, for individual training only.
Services move online. Places of worship remain open for private prayer. Up to 25 mourners can attend funerals.
Bars / Cafés / Wet pubs
Additional restrictions for indoor dining. Wet pubs remain open with additional restrictions. Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.
Retail and services (for example: hairdressers, beauticians, barbers)
Face coverings must be worn.
Open with protective measures in place.
Work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.
Stay in your county (or other defined geographical area) apart from work, education and other essential purposes, if appropriate.
Schools, early learning and childcare services, adult and higher education
Schools and creches are open with protective measures.
Further, higher and adult education to escalate all appropriate protective measures and limit congregation as far as possible.
Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks
All remain open with protective measures in place.
Face coverings must be worn.
Walk or cycle where possible.
Public transport capacity will be limited to 50%.
Essential workers and essential purposes only.
Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable
Those aged 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home.
Specific guidance will be provided.
Long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)
Visits suspended, aside from critical and compassionate circumstances.
All museums, galleries, venues closed.
Libraries will be available for e-services and call and collect.