Ireland closes restaurants and pubs on Christmas Eve

Restaurants and gastro pubs in Ireland will be closed from around lunch time on 24 December under plans agreed by the government in Dublin today.Inter-county travel will be banned from midnight 26 December. The ban on travel to and from Britain is extended to 31 December.

Non-essential retail will remain open but personal services such as hairdressers and barbers will close. Gyms and sports such as golf and tennis will be permitted. The restrictions are being describe as Level 5 minus.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said public health doctors and infectious disease specialists are "deeply concerned" at how quickly the virus has been spreading in recent weeks. He told reporters that the new strain of the Covid-19 virus has public health experts “very worried”.

Minister Donnelly highlighted that the Pfizer vaccine has been authorised ahead of time and that government would be putting in place plans "from today" to get the vaccine here and confirmed that "we will begin vaccinating this side of the New Year".

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