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Restrictions on home life, weddings, sport, entertainment and pubs are all set out under five different levels of measures from Level 1, the most lenient, to Level 5, the most severe

Restrictions on home life, weddings, sport, entertainment and pubs are all set out under five different levels of measures from Level 1, the most lenient, to Level 5, the most severe

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Restrictions on home life, weddings, sport, entertainment and pubs are all set out under five different levels of measures from Level 1, the most lenient, to Level 5, the most severe

The Government has launched it's six-month plan for living with Covid-19. It details strict curbs on many aspects of life while the world awaits a vaccine.

Restrictions on home life, weddings, sport, entertainment and pubs are all set out under five different levels of measures from Level 1, the most lenient, to Level 5, the most severe.

Ireland is officially at Level 2 of the plan, but there are increased restrictions in Dublin due to rising rates of the virus there.

The Opposition, including Labour leader Alan Kelly and Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall criticised the situation, claiming Dublin is on "Level two and a bit" or "Level 2.5".

Taoiseach Micheál Martin rejected these claims and said the alternative was to move Dublin into Level 3 overnight without any public health advice. He said that would be a "very serious step to take for a lot of people".

So what do these new restrictions mean for people living in the capital and how does it differ from other parts of the country?

TRAVEL

There is no restriction on travel within Ireland in Level 2 of the plan. However, the Government is encouraging people living in Dublin to limit travel outside the region and only to meet people from one other household when they leave the county.

Health Minster Stephen Donnelly did not reference efforts to dissuade travel by Dubliners when he told RTÉ that people in Dublin "absolutely can" travel outside the county. Labour leader Mr Kelly raised Mr Donnelly's remarks with the Taosieach and asked if there is advice for people from Dublin who booked 'staycations' elsewhere in Ireland. Mr Martin said that the advice from public health officials is to encourage people in Dublin not to travel outside Dublin if possible.

HOME LIFE

The Government says no more than two households should meet in Dublin at any given time. There should be a maximum of six visitors from one other household to your home. Elsewhere in Ireland, people can have six visitors from up to three households.

PUBS AND SOCIALISING

Dublin's so-called 'wet pubs' - those that don't serve food - will not be allowed open from Monday unlike those in the rest of the country. Pubs that serve food, cafes and restaurants can open with protective measures.

The Government said that socialising can continue at indoor or outdoor public venues, but it should only be with people from your own household or one other household, and in groups of no more than six.

SPORTS EVENTS

In Dublin the number of people who can attend sports matches and events is capped at 100. Elsewhere, in Level 2 up to 200 spectators can attend games if the venue has a capacity of 5,000. Specific guidance is being developed for larger stadiums like Croke Park and the Aviva. Just 50 spectators are allowed at indoor sports events. Gyms everywhere can open with protective measures. Sports training must take place in pods of 15 with exceptions for professional athletes, inter-county and senior club GAA players.

EDUCATION

Schools, childcare and colleges can open with protective measures in place nationwide. The Government says that in Dublin, "higher and third level institutions should consider enhanced protective measures".

WEDDINGS

Up to 50 guests can attend a wedding under the restrictions that are currently in place. No specific advice is listed for Dublin.

ENTERTAINMENT

Up to 50 patrons can attend indoor venues like cinemas, theatres and other arts events and in pods of up to six "if appropriate" with arrangements to ensure no intermingling of groups. Up to 100 patrons are permitted for larger venues where strict two-metre seated social distancing can be implemented.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Face coverings must be worn in all levels of the plan. People are asked to walk or cycle where possible and public transport capacity is limited to 50pc. Peak hours should be used by essential workers and for essential travel reasons only.

WORK

People are told to work from home if possible. People are advised to only attend work for essential, on-site meetings, inductions and training.