Ireland imposes the highest restrictions to curb Covid-19 spreading
Ireland has imposed another lockdown after Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recorded 1,031 new cases of infections on Monday.
Prime Minister Micheal Martin laid out the new level-5 measures on Monday in a bid to combat the rise in cases.
“Everyone in the country is being asked to stay at home,” Martin said in a televised speech.
Under the rules, people will only be able to exercise within 5km (3 miles) of their home.
However, schools and creches will remain open, and elite sport and construction will continue “because we cannot and will not allow our children and young people’s futures to be another victim of this disease,” Martin said.
The new measures will come into effect for six weeks on Wednesday, but to be reviewed after four.
The government also announced, “there will be a penalty” for violating the restriction.
More details about the new rules
Irish people will be forbidden from social or family gatherings in homes or gardens, but visits on compassionate grounds and for caring purposes can continue.
For those who live alone or parenting alone, they will be able to pair with another household as part of a “support bubble”.
Bars and restaurants will only be able to provide a takeaway service.
Meanwhile, the number of wedding guests permitted will remain at 25 until the end of the year.
With all these restrictions, Ireland will be the first EU nation to re-enter the coronavirus lockdown.