Ireland Will Go Back Into Highest Level Lockdown For Six Weeks After Covid-19 Outbreak
Ireland will be going back into a full-scale lockdown for six weeks after a large coronavirus outbreak.
A little more than 1,800 new cases were recorded on 18 October and lawmakers want to crack down before there are any more.
Level 5 is the highest tier of the country's Covid-19 restrictions and people won't be allowed to travel more than three miles (five kilometres) from their homes.
However, residents will still be allowed to do a lot of things under the lockdown.
Weddings will allow guests of up to 25 people and funerals are permitted to have up to 10. People are allowed to meet with friends and loved ones from other households outdoors, as long as it remains within the three-mile radius.
Everyone except for essential workers have been asked to work from home. Pubs, restaurants and cafes are allowed to remain open - however they can only provide takeaways and deliveries.
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Off-licenses will be permitted to remain open, however they will be on reduced hours.
Schools will remain open and professional sports like horse racing and Gaelic football will be allowed to continue.
The lockdown restrictions will kick into gear on Wednesday.
RTE reports the restrictions will be reviewed after four weeks to see if it's had any effect on the country's coronavirus numbers.
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said: "Even as the winter comes in, there is hope, and there is light. If we pull together over the next six weeks, we will have the chance to celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way.
"We must persevere and we must be resilient. We will suppress this virus and we will emerge from these restrictions on 1 December."
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