From midnight on Wednesday Ireland will return to the highest level of restrictions their Prime Minister, Michael Martin, has confirmed.
Ireland will have 6 weeks of restrictions: He said that the evidence they have that the situation will become bad in the next few weeks is too strong to ignore. He went on to ask everybody to take the threat of the virus seriously but stressed that a “herd immunity” approach would not be possible.
Mr Martin added, however, that a full lockdown across the whole of the country “would not be a realistic option” which will mean that there will be exemptions to the level 5 restrictions. Non-essential shops will be forced to close but schools and childcare facilities will remain open.
He finished off by stating that “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.”
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