New six-month coronavirus plan imposes limits on home visits and Dublin pub reopenings

Additional restrictions will be imposed in Dublin on home visits, indoor gatherings and care home visits while wet pubs in the capital will remain closed under the Government’s new, five-level coronavirus plan.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the Government’s medium-term Living with Covid-19 plan sets out “how we will live and how we will work with the virus”.

The plan involves a scale of restrictions from Level 1 to Level 5, with Level 5 being the most severe. The different levels can be implemented depending on conditions over the coming months. Currently the country is on Level 2.

Despite Ministers expressing serious concern over a dramatic increase in cases in Dublin in recent weeks, the Cabinet has pulled back from moving the capital to Level 3, instead tailoring a number of extra conditions for the capital without changing the level.

“Current Covid numbers in Dublin are very worrying and the Government today has decided to introduce additional measures (for the capital),” said Mr Martin.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said pubs in the rest of the country will reopen as planned on September 21st and that 200 people will be allowed to attend events in large, outdoor stadia, with the possibility of more attending events in a stadium such as Croke Park.

He said the virus incidence has increased ten-fold in Dublin in the past month and unless there are preventative measures there will be “a second wave of hospital admissions, ICU admissions and possible deaths”.