Eire has imposed among the hardest COVID-19 guidelines
Ireland on Monday imposed one of the toughest Covid-19 restrictions in which it closed all non-essential retail stores, restaurants and pubs to get limited take-away services and instructed people to stay no more than 3 miles from theirs To travel home away from home.
As coronavirus cases increased earlier this year, Ireland had some of the longest lockdowns and was gradually easing restrictions, and pubs serving drinks were not allowed, but there was another surge in infections, prompting authorities to do so prompted another blocking period to be imposed.
Now Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the country will have level 5 restrictions for six weeks from Wednesday and schools and essential services will continue to operate. The hotels also remain open, but the rooms are available for important employees.
“The evidence of a potentially serious situation in the coming weeks is too strong now,” Martin said in a televised address. He also said the government intends to return to level 3 starting December 1st. The retailers and restaurants will serve 15 customers outdoors, and even then the potential lockdown cannot be decided even in 2021, the prime minister said.
Many European countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands and France have been hard hit by the second wave of the coronavirus, in which they closed bars and restaurants and imposed a night curfew. However, none of them are subject to strict travel restrictions within the country.
Northern Ireland has been hard hit where authorities have closed schools for 2 weeks and restaurants for 4 weeks, but most retailers remain open. In Wales, authorities imposed a strict lockdown for two weeks, calling it a “fire break” lockdown on Monday.
The government has also agreed to increase the amount it contributes to coronavirus-related unemployment benefits through January 31. Unemployment rates, including emergency payments, were 14.7% last month and the finance minister said the economy could contract again if there are tough restrictions next year.
“We can do it this year, we can do it next year,” the prime minister said for the financial assistance, but mentioned that a vaccine should be found next year.
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