What Are The New Level 3 Rules?
A full list of new loosened COVID19 measures have been released set to start on the 1st of December, reports the Irish Mirror.
Ireland's Level Five restrictions are due to come to an end on December 1 - and our next step still hasn't been confirmed.
The National Public Health Emergency Team are meeting today to discuss their recommendation for exiting lockdown.
But Government Ministers appear to already have near-decided on their plan for next month.
While a final decision will not be made until either Thursday or Friday this week, Taoiseach Micheal Martin is understood to be aiming for a slightly modified version of Level Three.
There may be changes to certain restrictions, particularly surrounding the hospitality industry and pubs, where Ministers are thought to be looking at strict opening rules for gastropubs.
However most rules are likely to stay the same, particularly regarding household gatherings and travel restrictions.
Here is a full list of Level Three rules according to the Living with Covid roadmap:
Social and family gatherings
In your home or garden
No visitors to home or garden, with the exception of visits for essential purposes (for example: family reasons such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, and in particular those who live alone).
Other settings outside your home or garden
In outdoor settings away from your home or garden, up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet while maintaining strict physical distancing – including for outdoor exercise and dining.
Weddings may proceed, but with a limit of 25 guests for ceremony and reception (irrespective of venue). It will not be possible to attend a wedding in another county.
Couples resident in a particular county, but with existing plans to get married, can travel to get married outside that county.
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 other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite and inter-county championship, which should all take place behind closed doors.
Horse-racing may continue behind closed doors.
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools may remain open for individual use only, and with protective measures in place.
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)
Restaurants and cafes (including bars or pubs serving food or wet pubs) may remain open for take-away and delivery and outdoor dining or service to an absolute maximum of 15 people.
Nightclubs, discos and casinos
Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.
Hotels and accommodation
Hotels, guesthouses and B&B's may remain open, but with services limited to residents.
Work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.
Stay in your county apart from work, education, medical 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 over 70 and the medically vulnerable are advised to continue to exercise personal judgement.
It is recommended that they stay at home as much as possible, limit engagement to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced.
When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home.
It is recommended to shop during designated hours only, while wearing a face covering, and to avoid public transport.
Long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)
Visits suspended, aside from critical and compassionate circumstances.