Pubs will not be allowed to reopen next Monday amid concern at the increased rate of spread of Covid-18.

The government has agreed to delay the move to Phase 4 of the reopening  of the country as the case numbers continue to rise.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin says he knows the decision comes as a disappointment to many businesses, but says it's vital we continue to take a cautious approach.

It means pub and hotel bars not serving food, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed - the decision will be reviewed in three weeks.

The Taoiseach also said the size of crowds gathering will remain at 200 outdoors and 50 indoors.

Face coverings will be mandatory in shops and shopping centres from next Monday 10th August.

Meanwhile, the 'green list' of countries for foreign travel has been reduced from 15 to 10 due to the spread of the virus.

Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltor, Monaco and San Marino have been dropped from the list of countries deemed safe to travel to.

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