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Republic tightens coronavirus restrictions with list of new rules

Taoiseach Micheál Martin

Restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland have been reintroduced until September 13, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said.

It comes after a further 190 cases were confirmed in the Republic today. 

The restrictions include:

– People aged over 70 should limit their interactions to a small network for short periods.

– All businesses should facilitate remote working.

– Visits to homes should be limited to six people and involve no more than three households.

– Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 15 people.

– Restaurant closing times restricted to 11.30pm.

– Sports events will be held behind closed doors with no social gatherings before or afters.

– Public transport should be avoided where possible and face masks worn on private transport when households are mixed.

– Gardaí are to be given new powers to enforce the public health measures.

– A further short to medium-term plan for the way forward will be published by the Government before September 13.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “The evidence is that a large number of people are acting as if the virus is no threat to them or that it is OK to take a few more risks.

“Many people seem to believe that if they or those they are socialising with have no symptoms there is no problem.”

He added: “We are at a point where we need to recommit ourselves to key behaviours and to accept additional controls.”

He noted multiple outbreaks amongst households and in social activity settings.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said 190 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today.

“We’re now seeing multiple clusters throughout the country, in people’s homes, in multiple workplaces and in a number of other social settings.

“Our 14-day cumulative cases per hundred thousand population, a key measure looked at by NPHET, is now 26 – that’s come up from four.

“Our five-day average of new cases is 116 new cases per day and rising.

“Today, the total number of new cases is 190.”

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