New Government Covid Plan revealed

Elias Hubbard
September 15, 2020

More than a million people face the prospect of new Covid-19 restrictions on visits to their homes due to concern over the rate of infections in the capital.

We are effectively in level two of restrictions now.

While the approach is now national, that could change depending on prevalence of the virus in local areas.

Level one will be activated when there is low incidence of the disease with only isolated outbreaks and low community transmission.

The national incidence rate of Covid-19 is now 46.8, with Dublin's rate nearly double that at 89.1 per 100,000.

Up to 100 patrons are permitted for larger venues where strict 2 metre seated social distancing and one-way controls for entry and exit can be implemented.

For very large objective built event facilities (for example: stadia, auditoriums, conference or event centres) specific guidance will be developed with the relevant sectors to take account of size and different conditions for larger events.

Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

Up to 50 people can attend a wedding ceremony and reception.

Drink-only pubs in Dublin will not reopen next week as planned as part of new restrictions set to be announced today.

Members of different households can continue to meet socially in other settings up to 6 people indoors, 15 outdoors from 1, 2 or 3 other households.

At Level 2, the majority of areas of economy and society, for example: schools, restaurants, pubs and gyms, are open.

Outdoors: training can take place in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship). Hotels would be closed for all but existing guests.

"Certainly the severe restrictions brought in to Kildare, Laois and Offaly did work". Sports training would be individual only, while funerals would be limited to 10 mourners. No outdoor seating would be allowed in pubs or restaurants, with take away or delivery only allowed.

Acting chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Ronan Glynn took to social media over the weekend to urge people in Dublin to have fewer people visiting their homes. No organised outdoor gatherings would be allowed.

Under new measures to be considered by Government, the number of visitors allowed to a home in Dublin would stay at six.

Visitors from one other household only or up to six visitors from two other households or three other households.

Up to 200 spectators will be able to attend sporting events again across the country, while people will continue to be able to attend theatres, museums and cinemas in controlled numbers.

Pubs will be allowed reopen from Monday in every county other than Dublin.

Acknowledging that protecting public health remains an "absolute priority", the Taoiseach said that "current Covid numbers in Dublin are very worrying" confirming that government has had to change policies in response to this.

He said the plan is "broad and comprehensive", and offers clarity to what will happen in particular scenarios.

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