EXPLAINED - Kildare, Offaly and Laois Lockdown: How will it work and what rules do I need to follow?

EXPLAINED - Kildare, Offaly and Laois Lockdown: How will it work and what rules do I need to follow?

LAST WEEK it was announced that three counties in Ireland - Kildare, Offaly and Laois - would have to go back into lockdown after all three experienced recent spikes in coronavirus cases.

The restrictions, which came into effect on Friday, relate to business, travel and social interactions, and gardai have set up checkpoints to remind locals of the new rules.

If you're a Kildare/Offally/Laois native, we've got you covered on everything you need to know about the lockdown

How long will it last?

Currently, the plan is that the lockdown will last until Saturday, August 22. However this will be reviewed closer to the date and the deadline could be extended if coronavirus cases aren't falling.

Can I leave the house?

You'll be allowed to leave the house, though it's recommended that you only do so for essential trips - food shopping/buying medicine etc. You may also travel to and from work where work cannot be done from home.

Can I leave the county?

You are advised not to leave the county, unless it is an absolutely essential trip like getting to work or caring for relatives. People are also advised not to travel into any of the affected counties unless they are travelling through completely without stopping.

Public transport

You shouldn't use public transport unless it's absolutely necessary for you to do so. You are also advised not to share vehicles with those not in your household. Face coverings must be worn at all times while using public transport.

Food (bars/restaurants/cafes)

Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will be closed to the public, but they will be able to offer takeaway services instead.

Social Distancing

Restrictions require people to keep 2m distance from others wherever they can.

Indoor/Outdoor gatherings

A maximum of 15 people has been set for those gathering outdoors, with strict physical distancing rules expected to be in place, while indoor gatherings are limited to just six people with no more than three households in total.