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Ireland is set to enter a Level Three lockdown from midnight tonight.
Dublin and Donegal will now be joined by every other county at the higher level of alert after the Government decided to act following a rise in new cases.
Politicians ultimately rejected a recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency Team to move to a full Level Five lockdown.
However there will be a number of significant changes for people across the country when the new rules kick in tonight.
Here are five things you can no longer do in Ireland from midnight:
1. More than 25 wedding guests
Weddings are allowed to proceed under Level Three, but they must now be limited to just 25 guests for the ceremony and reception. This is down from 50 at Level Two.
2. Contact training in non-elite sports
Under the new rules, only non-contact training will be allowed in pods of up to 15. However there is an exemption for professional, elite, inter-county sports and the senior club championship.
3. Indoor dining at pubs and restaurants
One of the most significant changes is a ban on all indoor dining at pubs, bars and restaurants. These premises can still serve food and drink for take-away and delivery, as well as outdoor dining for a maximum of 15 people.
However wet pubs in Dublin will remain closed.
4. Travel outside your county
All non-essential travel outside your county will be banned from midnight. Gardai will be setting up checkpoints to ensure this rule is followed, and you will only be allowed to cross county lines for work, education or other essential purposes.
5. Take public transport for non-essential reasons
Government guidelines state that public transport should be used by essential workers and for essential purposes only from midnight.
Here is a full list of Level Three restrictions:
Social and family gatherings
In your home or garden
A maximum of 6 people from 1 other household can visit your home.
Other settings outside your home or garden
No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.
Weddings may proceed, but with a limit of 25 guests for ceremony and reception (irrespective of venue). It will not be possible to attend a wedding in another county.
Couples resident in a particular county, but with existing plans to get married, can travel to get married outside that county.
Organised indoor gatherings
These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager.
For example: business, training events, conferences, events in theatres and cinemas or other arts events (excluding sport).
No organised indoor gatherings should take place.
Organised outdoor gatherings
These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: outdoor arts events, training events.
Gatherings of up to 15 people can take place.
Outdoors: Non contact training only in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).
Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes.
Matches and events
No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter-county, and senior club championship, which should all take place behind closed doors.
Horse-racing may continue behind closed doors.
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools may remain open for individual use only, and with protective measures in place.
Services move online. Places of worship remain open for private prayer.
Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions
All venues closed.
Libraries will be available for e-services and call and collect.
Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars)
Restaurants and cafes (including bars or pubs serving food or wet pubs) may remain open for take-away and delivery and outdoor dining or service to an absolute maximum of 15 people.
Wet pubs in Dublin are to remain closed.
Nightclubs, discos and casinos
Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.
Hotels and accommodation
Hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s may remain open, but with services limited to residents.
Retail and services (for example: hairdressers, beauticians, barbers)
Work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.
Stay in your county apart from work, education and other essential purposes, if appropriate.
Schools, early learning and childcare services, adult and higher education
Schools and creches are open with protective measures.
Further, higher and adult education to escalate all appropriate protective measures and limit congregation as far as possible.
Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks
All remain open with protective measures in place.
Walk or cycle where possible.
Public transport capacity will be limited to 50%.
Essential workers and essential purposes only.
Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable
Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable are advised to continue to exercise personal judgement.
It is recommended that they stay at home as much as possible, limit engagement to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced.
When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home.
It is recommended to shop during designated hours only, while wearing a face covering, and to avoid public transport.
Long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)
Visits suspended, aside from critical and compassionate circumstances.
This content was originally published here.