Ireland enters its final day on level five restrictions

The Government's Taskforce on COVID-19 Vaccination is meeting for the second time on Monday, as I...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

06.33 30 Nov 2020

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Ireland enters its final day o...

Ireland enters its final day on level five restrictions

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

06.33 30 Nov 2020

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The Government's Taskforce on COVID-19 Vaccination is meeting for the second time on Monday, as Ireland enters the final day of level five restrictions.

The country is moving to level three on Tuesday, with additional measures coming into place from Friday December 4th.

From Tuesday, up to six people - from a maximum of two households - can meet outside while maintaining strict physical distancing.


Face coverings are to be worn in busy or crowded areas.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 15 people can take place with a named event organiser, owner or manager - such as ooutdoor arts or training events.

Again, face coverings are recommended in busy or crowded areas.

And outdoor, non-contact sports training can take place in pods of up to 15.

There is an exemption for professional and elite sports and approved inter-county Gaelic games.

Indoor exercise can be held for individual training only, with no exercise or dance classes.

While weddings can go ahead with a limit of 25 guests for a ceremony and reception.

Couples resident in a particular county, but with existing plans to get married, can travel to get married outside that county.


All retail shops and shopping centres can open.

This means all services such as hairdressers, beauticians, barbers and opticians can open - with strict adherence to guidance on protective measures.

Cinemas can also open with protective measures in place.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can also open for individual use only, with protective measures.

And places of worship can open for services with a maximum of 50 people - while face coverings should be worn.

Museums and galleries can also open with protective measures in place.

Source: Government of Ireland

While from Friday December 4th, restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants can open for indoor dining with additional restrictions.

This includes that meals are prepared on site inside the premises, with a maximum of six people per table.

This also includes access for non-residents to restaurants in hotels.

People should work from home "unless absolutely necessary" to attend in person, and face coverings should be worn in crowded workplaces.

And public transport capacity is being limited to 50% for essential workers and purposes only.

Vaccine taskforce

The Government's COVID-19 Taskforce meets again on Monday.

The group is made up of senior representatives from the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Department of the Taoiseach and others.

It has already agreed on terms of reference and the overall objective of its work.

Its aim is to have a national vaccination strategy and implementation plan prepared by December 11th, which will then be considered by the Government.

The taskforce will also monitor the progress of the strategy and report to Government.

But Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said there have been no discussions at Government level about making a vaccine mandatory.

He was speaking after it emerged that around 30% of people in Ireland would either refuse the vaccine or are still undecided.

Speaking to Newstalk on Sunday, Minister Donnelly said: "Several EU countries have introduced legislation on mandatory vaccination.

"We haven’t and I can tell you there has been no conversation at Government level about doing that.

"My strong preference with it is that it would be voluntary and actually, if you look at the front page of the Sunday Business Post today, there is very strong proportion of people who say they are in favour of taking the vaccine.

"We have just rolled out the biggest flu vaccination programme in the history of the State and indeed, if we could get our hands on more flu vaccine, people are looking to take it and there has also been very strong uptake on the HPV vaccine.

"So, there is this anti-vaxx movement; a lot of what I have seen is misinformation and I think it is very dangerous but I think the vast amount of people see that for what it is and I think people are well-disposed to taking the vaccine when it comes out."

Main image: A man wearing a face mask in Dublin city centre as he passes a sign in a retailer window, urging people to wear masks when entering the shop. Picture by: Leah Farrell/

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