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An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has tonight announced a range of new restrictions aimed at curbing the infection rate of Covid-19 in Ireland. The entire country will move to Level 5 from midnight on Wednesday for a period of six weeks.

Schools and childcare services will remain open.

As earlier reported, a number of changes have been made to the Framework with the guidelines now the following:

  • A support bubble of pairing one household with one other household in order to prevent social isolation for those living alone
  • Attendance at weddings will remain at 25 guests
  • Restaurants and cafes will be open for takeaway only.
  • Only Essential Retail will be allowed stay open.
  • People can exercise within a 5km radius of their homes.
  • Essential workers can continue to travel to work, otherwise working from home must take place.
  • Construction work will continue, as will most manufacturing.

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be restored to €350 for those with prior earnings of €400 or above.

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