Dublin 'wet' pubs will remain closed as Government unveils 'Living With Covid' plan

Dublin 'wet' pubs will remain closed as Government unveils 'Living With Covid' plan

WET PUBS in Dublin won't be opening next Monday after the Government announced their new Living With Covid plan.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin, together with Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly spoke to reporters this morning, detailing the new six-month framework for tackling coronavirus.

They confirmed that pubs across the country would be reopening as planned on September 21 - except for those in Dublin, because of the high level of Covid-19 cases in the city.

People in Dublin are also being advised to have no more than one other household invited into their homes, with a maximum of six people set.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said people are being asked to adhere to the four Ws: 1) Not to welcome any more than one other household to your home, 2) Wash your hands, 3) Watch your distance by staying at least two metres from others and 4) Wear a face mask when the two metre distance is not always possible.

These measures are due to stay in place for at least three weeks, and will be revised close to the end of that period.

After consulting with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), the government officially revealed a five-level restriction system. Level 1 being the lowest and Level 5 being the highest.

The higher the rate of coronavirus cases in a particular area, the higher the level of restrictions will be imposed.

Martin said that every county barring Dublin was currently on Level 2, with Dublin considered to be on Level 2.5, due to the slightly tighter restrictions in place.

At Level 2, the majority of areas of economy and society, for example: schools, restaurants, pubs and gyms, are open.

The priority is to keep schools and childcare facilities open and minimise disruption in the work force. Sporting activities can continue, but with a higher level of restriction. People will also be asked to limit the number of people you meet at this level.