Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

19.02 18 Sep 2020


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From midnight tonight, Dublin will face three weeks of 'level three' coronavirus restrictions.

It means a range of significant restrictions for Dubliners, including no indoor dining in restaurants and the closure of museums, galleries and cinemas.

However, schools will remain open, and third-level institutions are putting in place measures to allow classes to take place online.

Here is the full list of measures which will be in place in the capital for the next few weeks:

Household visits will be restricted to a maximum of six visitors from one other household only. People are being advised against all other social or family gatherings.

People are being asked to stay in Dublin "apart from work, education and other essential purposes". Anyone from outside Dublin is being asked not to travel into either the city or county for non-essential reasons.

Restaurants and cafés are being restricted to takeaway, delivery and outdoor dining for a maximum of 15 people. Indoor dining will not be allowed - a tougher restriction than is contained in the 'Living with COVID' guidelines announced earlier this week.

Wet pubs will not be able to reopen on Monday, despite pubs elsewhere in the country being allowed open again after six months of closure.

Only 25 will be able to attend weddings and funerals, down from 50 under the level two guidance. However, the change will not come into effect until Monday - meaning 50 people will be allowed attend weddings and funerals this weekend.

Other religious services can only take place online, with Confirmations and First Communions to be postponed.

Organised indoor events will not be allowed, while museums, galleries, cinemas and theatres will have to close.

Organised outdoor gatherings such as art events can continue, but will be limited to just 15 people.

Outdoor sports training can continue in pods of up to 15 for non-contact sports, but no matches can take place. However, professional / elite sport and senior club games can continue.

Gyms and swimming pools can remain open for individual training only. No exercise or dance classes are allowed.

People are being asked to work at home unless "absolutely necessary to attend in person".

Schools and creches will remain open, but third-level and adult education facilities are being asked to "limit congregation as far as possible" and hold online classes wherever possible.

Visits to nursing and care homes are being suspended, except for in 'critical and compassionate' circumstances.

Hotels can remain open, but services are limited to residents.

Retail and services - including hairdressers and barbers - can remain open with protective measures in place, and face coverings must be worn.

Public transport will be operating at 50% capacity, for essential workers only. People are being asked to walk or cycle where possible.

Main image: File photo. Picture by: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images

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