Breaking: Level 5 restrictions may be introduced for six weeks, reports suggest

Breaking: Level 5 restrictions may be introduced for six weeks, reports suggest

Reports have emerged this afternoon that a countrywide move to Level 5 restrictions for a period of six weeks may be announced later this evening. Picture: Denis Minihane. 

Reports have emerged this afternoon that a countrywide move to Level 5 restrictions for a period of six weeks may be announced later this evening.

A Cabinet meeting to sign off on further restrictions in a bid to curb rising Covid-19 case numbers is currently underway at Government Buildings, with a formal announcement due tonight.

The Irish Times has just reported that the Government is understood to be preparing to move to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks, rather than an enhanced version of Level 4 restrictions which was discussed yesterday.

If Level 5 is implemented, here's what the restrictions would mean:

Level 4 v Level 5 Echo graphic. 
Level 4 v Level 5 Echo graphic. 

Organised outdoor gatherings: Not permitted.

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

Weddings: Up to six can attend.

Funerals: A maximum of 10 mourners. 

Religious services: Must move online.

Domestic travel: At Level 5 people are asked to stay at home and exercise within a 5km radius.

Public transport: Capacity 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".

Bars, cafes, restaurants and wet pubs: Takeaway or delivery only at Level 5.

Essential retail and businesses: Only essential retailers can remain open. All others will be closed.

Matches and events: None can take place.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools: Must close.

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