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Taoiseach Micheál Martin

Taoiseach Micheál Martin

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has announced the country is to move to the highest level of the state’s coronavirus restrictions for six weeks.

He confirmed that schools, building sites and most manufacturers will remain open but all non-essential workers must work from home.

Weddings will be limited to 25 people until the end of the year.

The restrictions will come into effect at midnight on Wednesday October 21st and will remain in place until December 1, however, they will be reviewed after four weeks.

The eviction ban will be reinstated and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Employee Wage Subsidy Scheme will be amended to assist those who will be out of work as a result of the restrictions.

People will be asked to remain at home however, they will be allowed exercise within a 5km radius of their homes.

There will be a penalty for movement outside 5km of home, with exemptions for essential work and essential purposes only.

Bars, cafes, restaurants and wet pubs may provide take-away and delivery services only. Wet pubs in Dublin will remain closed.

The Taoiseach said people living alone, single parents or those similarly at risk of social isolation would be allowed to pair with one other household as part of a “support bubble” to combat social isolation.

Addressing the nation, Mr Martin asked the country to "pull together" so we can "celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way."

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