THERE'S a high probability that Level 3 restrictions could be imposed in Dublin in the coming days.
According to Ireland's Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, a higher level of restrictions in the capital is "a real possibility" following criticism of Government's decision to keep Dublin on Level 2 along with the rest of the country.
The number of Covid-19 cases being diagnosed in the nation's capital is significantly higher than anywhere else in the country, and many are calling for the city to be placed under stricter public health measures, in spite of the Government's announcement yesterday.
"Dublin situation is not looking good," a Fine Gael minister told TheJournal.ie, adding the numbers are "too high".
On Tuesday, Ireland's 'Living With Covid' plan was unveiled, which detailed a new framework for restrictions, with five levels to indicate the level of severity. Level 1 represents the lowest level of restrictions while Level 5 would be a lockdown situation similar to what we experienced back in April.
Dublin was placed on Level 2 "and a bit" according to the Taoiseach, who insisted that despite the city's climbing rates of coronavirus, restrictions wouldn't be significantly higher than anywhere else in the country.
The city is facing "additional measures" without being placed into a higher Level, Mr Martin added.
For Dublin, the restrictions are as follows:
- No more than 2 households should meet at a time
- Socialising at indoor or outdoor public venues should be in groups of 6 or less and only with people from your own household or one other household
- Pubs that do not serve food should remain closed
- The number of people who can attend sports matches and events is capped at 100, irrespective of venue size
- You should limit travel outside the region and only meet one other household when outside the county
NPHET is due to meet to discuss the situation in the capital again on Thursday.