Ireland is moving to Level Five restrictions from Christmas Eve with some exemptions.

Restaurants, pubs, hairdressers, beauticians, cinemas and galleries will all have to close from 3pm on Christmas Eve.

Non-essential retail is allowed to stay open but January sales events must be deferred.

Inter-county travel restrictions will come back into place after midnight on St Stephen's Day.

There will be an exception for people returning home after that date.

Household visits will be reduced to one other household from the 27th of December - then reduced to one until the 31st.

However, household visits will be banned from January 1st.

Additional supports for businesses that will have to close will be provided.

Weddings will be allowed to go ahead with 25 people up to and including January 1st and will then reduce to 6.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin says the daily growth rate in confirmed cases looks set to reach 10 per cent and we need to take urgent action.

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