Following today's cabinet meeting, the number of people that can visit a home is being reduced to 6 from 3 households and outdoor events will be limited to 15 until at least September 13th.
Over 70s are being asked to limit their contacts and to shop at designated times, while all sports events are to take place without spectators.
People are being advised to avoid public transport and to continue to work from home.
Legislation is also being considered to give Gardai greater powers to enforce the measures.
Taoiseach Michael Martin says we have to redouble our efforts to tackle the virus.
We're being warned to be "extra careful" about social distancing, even if it's friends or family we're meeting.
62 per cent of positive tests recorded in the last fortnight have been linked to close contacts with a confirmed case.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says the risk of spread at social gatherings should not be underestimated.
While Health Minister Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly says the average number of cases a day is rising and action needs to be taken.