Irish government publishes handy chart to explain Level 5 rules
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Irish government publishes handy chart to explain Level 5 rules

THE GOVERNMENT has released a simple chart to help us make sense of the new Level Five restrictions, which are to be imposed from midnight tonight.

Ireland will move to Level Five for a six-week period, effectively sending the country back into full lockdown.

The move was recommended by National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) earlier this month, who stressed that imposing Level Five restrictions was the only way to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The country had been on Level Three since mid-September, but statistics reportedly demonstrated that stricter restrictions were needed to prevent things from becoming unmanageable.

As we move to Level Five, we're expected to remember and follow a bunch of new rules, and we could even be fined for failing to do so.

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To help, the Government published a chart on social media that explains Level Five in as a basic a way as possible - covering rules about social gatherings, work, schools, pubs, shops, sports etc.

Schools and childcare services will remain open in spite of the full lockdown, as advised by NPHET, but people are once again being told to work from home if they're able to.

Non-essential travel between counties is banned, while the public has been asked to exercise within 5km of their homes.

Non-essential shops will also be forced to close, while pubs, restaurants and bars will only be allowed to operate on a takeaway basis.

For more information, check out the handy chart below:

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