Ireland has imposed one of the toughest covid-19 constraints on Monday where It has shut all non-essential retail, restaurants, and pubs to have limited takeaway services and it is telling people not to travel for more than 5 km from their home.
As the coronavirus cases surged early this year Ireland had imposed some of the longest lockdowns and it eased the restrictions at a gradual pace and the pubs serving drinks were not allowed but again there was a rise in infections prompting the authorities to impose another round of lockdown.
Now, the Prime Minister of Ireland Micheal Martin said that the country now has Level 5 of restrictions for six weeks from Wednesday, and schools and essential services will continue to operate. Hotels too will remain open, but the rooms are available for essential workers.
“The evidence of a potentially grave situation arising in the weeks ahead is now too strong,” said Martin said in a televised address. He also said that the government is aiming to return to Level 3 from December 01 onwards. The retailers and restaurants will serve 15 customers outdoor and even then, the potential lockdown cannot be ruled even in 2021, the prime minister said.
Many of the European countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, and France have been hit hard by the second wave of Coronavirus where they have shut bars, restaurants, and have imposed nighttime curfew however, neither of them has strict travel restrictions within the country.
Northern Ireland has been hit hard where the authorities have shut schools for 2 weeks and restaurants for 4 weeks but most retailers will remain open. In Wales, the authorities have imposed two weeks of strict lockdown and named it ‘Fire-Break’ Lockdown on Monday.
The government has also agreed to increase the amount that it contributes to coronavirus-related jobless payments until the 31st of January. The Jobless rates, including emergency payments, stood at 14.7% last month and the finance minister said that the economy could contract again if there are stringent restrictions next year.
“We can do it this year, we can do it next year,” the Prime Minister said for the financial support however he mentioned that there should be a vaccine found next year.