Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the harsh Covid rules would remain in force from Boxing Day until January 12. Mr Martin said the Government was acting “quickly and aggressively” in response to rising infection rates. He said it was responsible to proceed on the assumption that the new variant of COVID-19 was already in Ireland.
Under the rules, restaurants and gastro pubs will have to close at 3pm on December 24.
Inter-country travel will be prohibited after December 26.
From January 1, no gatherings among households in private homes and gardens will be permitted.
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