Entire country to move to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions; here's what it means for Cork

Entire country to move to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions; here's what it means for Cork

A Covid-19 sign at Washington Street in Cork.

It is understood that the Cabinet has rejected NPHET's recommendation to move to Level 5 restrictions and has instead chosen to implement Level 3 restrictions countrywide.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin is expected to make an official announcement at approximately 9pm.

Here is how the city and county is expected to be impacted:

• Home visitors would be restricted to no more than six people from one household;

• People would be asked to work from home unless absolutely necessary;

• No social or family gatherings should take place in settings outside the home;

• Up to 25 people can attend a wedding ceremony and reception;

• No organised indoor gatherings, such as conferences and art events, should take place;

• Outdoor gatherings of up to 15 people can take place;

• In cases of outdoor sport, non-contact training is permitted in pods of up to 15 with an exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship;

• For indoor sports, only individual training is permitted;

• No matches or sporting events can take place, except for professional/elite/inter-county/club championship/horse-racing which can take place behind closed doors;

• Gyms, leisure centres, and swimming pools can open with protective measures in place for individual training only;

• Religious services would move online, while places of worship remain open for private prayer;

• No more than 25 people can attend funerals;

• Museums, galleries, and other cultural attractions would close;

• Libraries would be available for e-services and call and collect;

• Bars, cafes, and restaurants, including hotel restaurants and bars and wet pubs would open with additional restrictions.

Labour leader Alan Kelly has described the Government’s expected rejection of the advice as a defining moment, while welcoming the nationwide move to Level Three restrictions which is forecasted in its place.

“I really think this was a seismic moment, it is a differential between the Government and NPHET for the first time in a huge way,” he said.

“I think it’s a significant moment. NPHET endorsed the roadmap, the Living with Covid roadmap that we’re all so familiar with – if we were going to have a roadmap we should follow it.”

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