Here's how Level 4 and 5 Covid-19 restrictions would affect life in Cork city and county

Here's how Level 4 and 5 Covid-19 restrictions would affect life in Cork city and county

Heavy Showers for Shoppers in Cork City. Shoppers made their way from shop to shop  through heavy showers to get in some last-minute shopping amid fears of another lockdown following a NPHET suggestion to move the whole country to Level 5 for 6 weeks. Credit: Damian Coleman

NEW nationwide Covid-19 restrictions will be announced by the Government this evening.

Cabinet Ministers are expected to sign off on a plan that will merge aspects of Level 4 and 5 of the current Living with Covid plan.

Cork is currently operating at Level 3 restrictions but there are a number of key differences that will affect everyday life if restrictions are ramped up.

Here, we explain levels 4 and 5 and the impact they will have on you.

Organised outdoor gatherings: At Level 4 can take place with up to 15 people. At Level 5 they are not permitted.

Gatherings in a home, garden or indoors: Not permitted at both levels. 

Weddings: At both levels up to six can attend.

Funerals: At Level 4 can be attended by up to 25 mourners; at Level 5, up to ten.

Religious services: At both levels must move online.

Domestic travel: At Level 4 people are asked to stay in their county apart from essential purposes. At Level 5 people are asked to stay at home and exercise within a 5km radius.

Public transport: At both Levels 4 and 5 capacity will be limited to 25%, and the service should be used for essential workers and purposes only.

Care home visits: Visits are suspended aside from “critical and compassionate circumstances" at both levels.

Bars, cafes, restaurants and wet pubs: At Level 4 can remain open for outdoor dining with 15 people max and takeaways. Takeaway or delivery only at Level 5.

Essential retail and businesses: At Level 4 that are primarily outdoors only can remain open. At Level 5 only essential retailers can remain open. All others will be closed.

Matches and events: At Level 4 professional, elite, inter-country and horse-racing can take place behind closed doors. At Level 5 none can take place.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools: Closed at both levels.

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