A local lockdown in Kildare will continue for another two weeks while Laois and Offaly have had covid restrictions lifted with immediate effect.
The decision was announced at a government briefing this evening, after cabinet signed off on recommendations from NPHET.
The government says schools in Kildare will reopen as planned.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says the pandemic has improved in Laois and Offaly - but not in Kildare.
People in Kildare will be asked to continue to:
- Restrict their movements to travel within their own county except for work or other essential reasons (including education)
- Limit their contacts to six visitors and no more than 3 households in their home
- Work from home unless absolutely necessary AND
- For those people at a higher risk from Covid-19 using their own judgement, are advised to stay at home and limit visitors except for essential care services
The following restrictions will apply to certain services in the county:
- Cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, bingo halls and other indoor recreational, sports, dance and cultural outlets should remain closed
- Restaurants and pubs serving food should remain closed except for services to takeaway and deliveries and limited outdoor dining
- Nursing homes visits should remain suspended