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Ireland Prime Minister Michael Martin announced today that Ireland will be returning to full lockdown as a result of an ongoing rise of Coronavirus cases. A stay-at-home order has been issued while all schools will remain open.
Ireland has been greatly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 1,850 deaths and a recent increase in new virus cases, the country has decided to be implement the shutdown to further limit the spread of the virus. Prime Minister Martin decided to implement the shutdown in an attempt to lower transmissions in advance of the Christmas season.
With the new shutdown, all non-essential businesses will close for 6-weeks in an attempt to limit COVID-19 spread. Retail stores will close and restaurants and bars will only be allowed to have take-out and delivery service. All non-essential travel will be halted as well.
Irish citizens will only be allowed to exercise up to 3-miles from their homes. Those that do not adhere to the rules of the shutdown will be fined.
Elite and professional sports will remain active, however there will be increased safety protocols put in place and they will be played in venues without spectators.
Other EU countries will continue to monitor their COVID-19 numbers. If they continue to rise, then they may have to enter a lockdown similar to Ireland. Spread of the virus is directly related to the practicing of various safety protocols. To avoid regressing into earlier stages of reopening, remember to continue to be vigilant with social distancing, hand washing, mask wearing and other COVID-19 safety measures.