Ireland’s newest Covid-19 restrictions are in effect from this morning, with the closure of nightclubs, table service at pubs and a limit to indoor gatherings among the most notable.
Table service is back in pubs while a limit of six people per table are permitted at any one time in hospitality settings.
Here are the new changes in full that come into effect today:
From 7th December until 9th January.
- Nightclubs will close.
- Strict social distancing will be required in all bars and restaurants, including hotels and they must all revert to the situation that was in place before 22nd October.
- Table service only
- 1 metre between tables
- A maximum of six adults per table
- There can be no multiple table bookings
- Masks must be worn when not at the table
- Closing time remains at midnight
There will be a maximum of 50% capacity at entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events, which must all be fully seated. Face masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking.
- Requirement for the Covid Pass will be required for gyms and leisure centres and hotel bars and restaurants.
- In addition, NPHET have advised that visits to private homes over the coming weeks should be kept to a maximum of three other households (that’s four households in total) at any one time
It comes after yesterday the Department of Health notified of 2,950 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland with 110 in ICU.
This comes after cases were over 5,000 per day during the weekend.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “During these winter months it is vital that if any of us experience symptoms of Covid-19, we isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test.
“We all know the actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 – good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering, meeting others outdoors where possible and, when indoors, opening windows and ensuring good ventilation, keeping our distance and, of course, coming forward for vaccination and booster dose when eligible.
“The ongoing efforts by all of us to work with the public health advice during this pandemic continues to be fundamental to our work to drive down the incidence of Covid-19 in our communities.”
Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said the Government would keep the latest restrictions “under review” as more is revealed about the new variant’s threat.
Speaking at the 40th annual commemoration of the founding leader of Fianna Fail Eamon de Valera in Ennis, Co. Clare he said: “The situation is as we’ve announced, and it will take two to three weeks to get a better picture in relation to Omicron before scientists globally have a collective view on it.
“Obviously, we keep everything under review, but with Omicron, it will take some time to identify how infectious it is, the degree to which it will escape vaccines if it does, and how virulent it is, what impact it will have on health and severe illness.”
He added: “Just to say again it’s important to bear in mind these measures that were unanimously advised by NPHET and accepted by government are designed to protect human life over the coming period, particularly in context of Omicron, which is a variant about which not enough is known, and risks cannot be taken in advance of that.”
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