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The new roadmap for living alongside COVID-19 will be published this morning.

Up to 100 people are expected to be allowed attend weddings and funerals as part of the plan.

However, pubs in Dublin will remain closed for now due to the recent surge in COVID-19 numbers.

Speaking on his way into the Cabinet meeting this morning, Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath confirmed there will be more severe restrictions in the capital than the rest of the country.

The national plan - which will take us to at least April - contains a five-tier system where different counties will have different restrictions based on the prevalence of the virus.

The new system will have five levels - with level one being the lightest and level five being the most restrictive.

Level five restrictions would be close to the full lockdown that was in place earlier this year, while level three would be similar to the restrictions which were in place for Kildare, Laois and Offaly for several weeks.

The plan will outline the criteria for a county moving up or down a level, with changes to be based on the cases per 100,000 along with other factors like the rate of community transmission, hospitalisation, ICU numbers and even the time of year.

It's expected most counties will be put on level two for the moment, but additional restrictions are expected in Dublin due to the recent surge of coronavirus cases in the capital.

Unlike the rest of the country, 'wet pubs' which do not serve food are now not expected to be allowed reopen in Dublin next Monday.

Further restrictions on household visits in Dublin are also expected to be announced.

However, Dublin is set to remain on at level two for now alongside the rest of the country - with a move to level three possible in the coming weeks if case numbers don't improve.

Living with COVID plan

Newstalk's political correspondent Sean Defoe spoke to Newstalk Breakfast about what we can expect from the new plan.

Dublin pubs to remain closed as Government prepares to unveil new COVID-19 plan

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The aim of the Government's medium-term plan is to keep schools, creches and businesses open in as many of the scenarios as possible - with ministers hoping these rules will allow people to have a life while also saving lives.

Weddings and funerals will be treated as special cases distinct from other organised gatherings, and up to 100 people could be allowed attend weddings.

There's also sections on transport, and the elderly or medically vulnerable who've been asked to cocoon.

Spectator sport is expected to return, while there will be changes to the rules around international travel.

Much has been made of poor communication from this Government so far, and huge political capital has been invested in today's unveiling.

It will tell people what life in Ireland will look like for the next nine months.

Reporting by Sean Defoe and Stephen McNeice
Main image: File photo. Picture by: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images

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