The government has approved moving the country to level five restrictions from midnight on Wednesday.

A six week lockdown will be put in place following a recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency team.

The measures put in place will be reviewed after four weeks if they are working effectively.

It’s level five - but with some tweaks and changes.

Elite sport including inter-county GAA will be allowed to continue as well as League of Ireland and the Six Nations.

There will be a maximum attendance of 10 people at Funerals, while weddings will be allowed to have 25 guests.

People will be told to stay at home and go no further than 5km away from their house.

A graduated system of penalties is being examined to enforce this.

The PUP payment is being restored to 350 euro a week for anyone who was earning more than 400 a week before losing their job.

Meanwhile, changes to the Wage Subsidy Scheme bands will give more money to employers.

Construction sites can stay open, but non-essential retail is to close with the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs.


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