World

Ireland brings in new restrictions ahead of Christmas due to ‘very stark’ health advice

Strict new limits on Ireland’s hospitality sector and home visits have been announced by the country’s prime minister.

From Tuesday, 7 December, nightclubs will close until 9 January, and bars will only be allowed to run table service with a maximum of six people per table in both bars and restaurants.

Speaking in a televised address, Micheal Martin said: “The risks associated with proceeding into the Christmas period without some restrictions… is just too high.”

He added that the advice from health officials is “very stark”.

According to Irish broadcaster RTE, Mr Martin said he understood the frustration the restrictions would cause but that “protection of public health is the government’s primary responsibility and we will do whatever is needed to discharge that duty”.

Mr Martin added that it is not about “going back to the days of lockdowns” but, in fact, about adjusting to risk.

RTE said the restrictions included having one metre between tables in bars and restaurants, no multiple table bookings and people must wear masks when not seated.

Articles You May Like

Expectation high as £16m-an-episode Game Of Thrones prequel is ready to hit screens
Why is Salman Rushdie so controversial?
Depp might return to Fantastic Beasts films, his replacement says
New Mexico: “My face is burning off!” (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown)
NASA’s Artemis 1 Space Launch System Moon Rocket Rolls Out for Launch on August 29