BREAKING Cabinet considering Level Five restrictions for six weeks
The Cabinet is to consider introducing ‘Level Five’ Covid-19 restrictions for the next six weeks.
A memo going to Cabinet will recommend the highest level of restrictions from Wednesday until December 1.
The three party leaders and their senior ministers met today to discuss introducing new restrictions.
A Cabinet meeting is being held this afternoon to discuss the proposals.
Nphet and Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan last week recommended Level Five recommendations for six weeks.
Yesterday, ministers and advisers suggested the new lockdown would last four weeks.
However, it has now emerged the Cabinet will be asked to sign off on a six week Level Five lockdown.
The new restrictions will include people being told they cannot travel further than 5km from their home. However, new guidelines on social bubbles will be included in the new plan. Pubs, restaurants and all non-essential retail will have to close their doors to customers.
The new measures will be review after four weeks at which point localised lockdowns may be introduced for counties where the virus is still prevalent.
Intercounty GAA games will be permitted behind closed doors under the Level Five lockdown as will horseracing and greyhound racing. Elite sports will also be permitted.
In recognition of the impact of the lockdown on children and young people, non contact training can continue outdoors for school aged children but only in pods of 15.
The new rules will allow 10 people attend a funeral .
Disability day care and addiction services will remain open and there will also be a mental health package announced to help vulnerable people through the lockdown.
Independent News Service