EXPLAINER: What does each level mean in new 'Living with Covid-19' plan for Ireland?
Taoiseach Michéal Martin has announced the new 'Living with Covid-19' plan for Ireland, replacing the Roadmap announced by the previous government.
The new system outlines five levels of Covid-19 response, each containing a set of measures. Ireland is currently at Level 2, the second-lowest, with Level 5 being almost a complete lockdown similar to that imposed on the country back in March. Individual counties could be placed into different levels depending on the spread of disease.
The government has said: "At all times the priority guiding the plan will be to keep our schools open, while keeping people safe and protecting the resilience of our economy and communities."
So, what does Level 3 mean in terms of restrictions?
Social and family gatherings
In your home or garden
Visitors from one other household only OR your own household only.
This will be determined by the prevailing public health advice for the county or other defined geographical area.
Other settings outside your home or garden
No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.
Up to 25 people can attend a wedding ceremony and reception.
Organised indoor gatherings
These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager.
For example: business, training events, conferences, events in theatres and cinemas or other arts events (excluding sport).
No organised indoor gatherings should take place.
Organised outdoor gatherings
These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: outdoor Arts events, training events.
Gatherings of up to 15 people can take place.
Outdoors: Non contact training only in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).
Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes.
Matches and events
No matches or events to take place.
Exemption: professional/elite/inter-county/club championship/horse-racing can take place behind closed doors.
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools
Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools open with protective measures, for individual training only.
These can open with protective measures, for individual training only.
Services move online. Places of worship remain open for private prayer.
Up to 25 mourners can attend.
Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions
All venues closed.
Libraries will be available for e-services and call and collect.
Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars)
Additional restrictions for indoor dining.
Nightclubs, discos and casinos
Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.
Hotels and accommodation
Open but services limited to residents.
Retail and services (for example: hairdressers, beauticians, barbers)
Face coverings must be worn.
Open with protective measures in place.
Work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.
Stay in your county (or other defined geographical area) apart from work, education and other essential purposes, if appropriate.
Schools, early learning and childcare services, adult and higher education
Schools and creches are open with protective measures.
Further, higher and adult education to escalate all appropriate protective measures and limit congregation as far as possible.
Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks
All remain open with protective measures in place.
Face coverings must be worn.
Walk or cycle where possible.
Public transport capacity will be limited to 50%.
Essential workers and essential purposes only.
Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable
Those aged 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home.
Specific guidance will be provided.
Long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)
Suspended, aside from critical and compassionate circumstances.