Simon Harris says new nationwide restrictions will be brought in tomorrow

Simon Harris says new nationwide restrictions will be brought in tomorrow”

"I don't want to be pedantic about the phrase lockdown but I don't think that's exactly where we're going but there will certainly be more restrictions".

The exact nature of these new restrictions remains to be revealed.

The tougher measures are due to be approved by the Government on Monday.

Ireland will introduce "crucial" nationwide COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, but will not stop reintroducing the type of lockdown that was imposed earlier this year, College Secretary Simon Harris said on Sunday.

"In relation to businesses, we're trying to get the balance right here".

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has recommended moving to Level 5 of the Covid-19 restrictions framework for six weeks.

Speaking on RTÉ this morning, he said they are trying to find "a landing spot" to get us to where we need to be in terms of the virus, while acknowledging the concerns what more restrictions will mean.

In a statement following the meetings on Saturday, the Government said ministers had been briefed on the latest data relating to Covid-19, including an analysis of the virus in each region, hospital capacity and an update on the Test and Trace system.

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So, what can we expect the outcome of the cabinet meeting to be?

"I think there will be a set of measures that will fall roughly in that area (between Level 4 and 5), they will be created to take account the two primary objectives, which is the public health measures to safeguard the public".

"The Health team briefed Ministers that children were safer in schools, transmission rates are low, and that the continued opening of schools is very important to the development and wellbeing of children and young people".

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said that social supports must be put in place.

Details of a second ban on evictions to last the duration of these restrictions were also being worked on. The Government's Living With Covid plan sets out clear parameters.

Harris made this announcement, despite no longer being Minister for Health and now being Minister for Education.

He said the Government had used "mid-point levels" in the five-step plan, which had sown public confusion.

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