The Government has announced new measures aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19 after "multiple serious outbreaks", according to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said we have to contain the spread of the virus, saying: "If the current increase continues, it will be impossible to stop the spread of the virus to our most vulnerable and most compromised and the virus is as deadly today as it was before."
– People aged over 70 should limit their interactions to a small network for short periods.
– All businesses should facilitate remote working.
– Visits to homes should be limited to six people and involve no more than three households.
– Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 15 people.
– Restaurant closing times restricted to 11.30pm.
– Sports events will be held behind closed doors with no social gatherings before or after.
– Public transport should be avoided where possible and face masks worn on private transport when households are mixed.
– Gardaí are to be given new powers to enforce public health measures.
– A further short to medium-term plan for the way forward will be published by the Government before September 13.
The announcements came as one new death and 190 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed
There has now been a total of 1,775 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
"We are at another critical moment,"Mr Martin said.
"We are doing this to protect public health and our lives," Minister Stephen Donnelly added. "This virus is relentless, it doesn’t slow down because we may grow tired of it.
"The vast majority of people are doing everything they can and those efforts are making a huge difference."
More to follow.