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Hair today, gone tomorrow Covid restrictions: Restaurants and hair salons to shut on Christmas Eve

  • Restaurants and gastropubs will be asked to close at 3pm on Christmas Eve
  • Three households will be allowed meet in one home until St Stephen’s Day

  • Two household will be allowed to meet from then until New Year's Eve

  • Household visits to be banned in New Year

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Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan with Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheal Martin leaving the first Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle in June. Photo by Sam Boal

Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan with Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheal Martin leaving the first Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle in June. Photo by Sam Boal

The RAI said the news is a "slap in the face" for the hospitality industry

The RAI said the news is a "slap in the face" for the hospitality industry

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Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan with Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheal Martin leaving the first Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle in June. Photo by Sam Boal

The Cabinet has agreed a range of new Covid-19 restrictions which will see intercounty travel banned after Stephen’s Day.

Restaurants and pubs that serve food will be asked to close on Christmas Eve at 3pm.

Hairdressers, barbers and other personal services will close on the same day.

Three households will be allowed meet in one home until St Stephen’s Day after which it will be reduced to two housesholds until December 31. Household visits will be banned in the New Year.

Religious services will end on Christmas Day and move online. However, places of worship will remain open for private prayer.

All retail and gyms will remain open after Christmas and into the New Year.

The new Covid-19 restrictions which are being introduced over Christmas will be reviewed by Government on January 12.

Flights from Britain will continued to be banned until the end of the year and the measure will then be reviewed by Cabinet.

The Cabinet heard “very sombre” and “worrying” predictions of how the virus will spread with new cases are estimated to be as high as 900 today and maybe even higher in the coming days.

Nphet modelling predictions given to ministers showed daily case numbers may be as high as 2,000 a day in January.

However, ministers also heard around 10,000 vaccines will arrive in Ireland on St Stephen’s Day and the first jabs will be administered on December 30.

From the first week of January, shipments of around 40,000 vaccines will arrive every week in Ireland.

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