All pubs, bars, hotel bars, nightclubs and casinos in Ireland will remain closed for at least another three weeks, the government has announced.
Ireland’s move to Phase Four of the reopening roadmap has been delayed due to the rise in Covid-19 transmission.
The Taoiseach has also confirmed that the current restrictions on numbers attending indoor and outdoor gatherings will remain unchanged at 200 for outdoors and 50 for indoors.
The second major decision that has been taken on COVID-19 is that face coverings will be mandatory in shops and shopping centres across the country from 10th August.
The government has also reviewed the ‘Green List’ of countries that are safe to travel to. Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar, San Marino and Monaco have all been removed from the list. Anyone travelling to Ireland from those countries will now have to limit movement for 14 days upon their arrival. There are no additions to the list.
The latest announcement will impact 3,500 pubs nationwide that were preparing to reopen on Monday.
Mr Martin said the roadmap will be reviewed in three weeks’ time.
The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised the government that evidence of increased transmission is now even clearer.
The 5 day moving average for confirmed cases newly reported to the Department of Health is 45.4. For comparison, this is up from 6.4 on 24th June.
The 14 day incidence per 100,000 is 7.54. This is up from 2.46 in the 14 days up to 30th June
Mr Martin said the figures are still good in an international context.
He added” The Irish people have done an incredible job in controlling this virus. But the figures do show just how important it is for us to remain vigilant and to keep on top of it. The CMO used a very striking phrase in a briefing I had with him earlier. He said that ‘we are very delicately balanced’.