Taoiseach Announces Level 5 Restrictions

Schools will remain open under the move to level 5.

The government has approved moving the country to level five restrictions from midnight on Wednesday.

A six week lockdown will be put in place following a recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency team.

Only essential retail to remain open but schools will remain open under the move to level 5.

Construction work to continue while most manufacturing will remain open.

No social or family gathering in homes or gardens, everyone asked to stay at home and exercise within a 5k radius.

Up to 25 guests will be allowed at weddings.

The Taoiseach says many people have played an important role in keeping the schools open. He says the Government will continue to work with school leaders to keep schools open. 

They will be more mental health supports.

People living or parenting alone can form a support bubble with one other household

Those who can work from home should do so. 

The Fianna Fail leader says there is hope and there is light. 

The restrictions will be in place until December 1st. 

The higher rate of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is being restored to €350.

Those who were earning €400 euro a week or more before the pandemic will be eligible to receive the original rate.

A total of 244,000 people will receive the PUP tomorrow, which is an increase of 15,000 since last week.

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