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Explainer: Here’s what Level 5 restrictions will look like in Ireland


by Erin Lindsay
05th Oct 2020
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Concerned about what’s to come if Ireland moves into Level 5 this week? Here are the restrictions explained


Last night, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) made recommendations to the government that the entire country is placed on Level 5 restrictions.

The recommendations came as cases have spiked in various areas around Ireland, especially in Dublin, Donegal and parts of the south-west.

Currently, Dublin and Donegal are on Level 3 restrictions, while the rest of the country remains on Level 2.

It is understood that party leaders Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan will seek a meeting with Tony Holohan today, as he returns to his role as Chief Medical Officer.

If you’re concerned or confused about what Level 5 restrictions might look like, here is an explainer.

Schools, creches and higher education

Schools and creches will be kept open with protective measures in place.

It is likely that third level education will remain online, as per recent measures across the country.

Visitors to your home

No visitors are allowed to your home, either indoors or outdoors.

Travel distance restrictions

You will be asked to stay at home, and to stay within 5km to exercise.

Organised gatherings

There will be no organised indoor or outdoor gatherings, including sporting events or matches.

Weddings, funerals and religious events

Up to six people can attend a wedding.

Up to 10 people can attend a funeral.

Religious services will be held online to stream from home. Places of worship will remain open for private prayer.

Exercise

Gyms and swimming pools will close, and organised exercise classes will be suspended.

You are permitted to exercise within 5km of your home.

Bars, cafés, restaurants and pubs

These will close except for takeaway or delivery services where available.

Retail and services

Only essential retail stores will remain open (supermarkets, pharmacies etc.)

Hairdressers and barbers, salons etc. will close.

Nursing homes

Visits to nursing and care homes will be suspended, except for critical and compassionate circumstances.


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