PUBS in Dublin are set for yet another blow following news that they're expected to be told to remain closed.
A continued rise in coronavirus cases in the city appears to have twisted the arm of the Irish government, which are expected to announce its 'Living with COVID' plan later today.
Dublin will apparently be singled out in the plan, and a number of public health restrictions are expected to be imposed on the city.
This includes the continued closure of 'wet' pubs in the city, despite the fact that September 21 had been pencilled in as their official reopening date.
Since June, only pubs that are able to offer customers a 'substantial meal' of €9 or over were allowed to open.
All others have been waiting for the Governmen't's green light to join them, but as the Covid-19 landscape in Ireland continually changed, so too did the reopening date.
It has been pushed back four times, and now it appears that for those in Dublin, it'll be pushed back once again.
Elsewhere, it's believed that the people of Dublin will be discouraged from travelling out of the city, in an attempt to contain any further spread of the virus.
On Monday, 208 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed - 108 of which were in Dublin.
Dublin, in fact, accounts for nearly half of Ireland's total case numbers, with 14,606 out of 31,192 happening in the Irish capital.