LIVE: Ireland Lockdown details confirmed as restaurants 'to open' but pubs blow

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Welcome to Dublin Live’s Coronavirus Lockdown updates as Taoiseach Micheal Martin and the Government get set to make the biggest announcement of the year ahead of the Christmas period.

Reports suggest that the Government is hoping to outline exit plans for the end of Level 5 lockdown by Thursday evening in a bid to avoid clashing with The Late Late Toy Show excitement on Friday – no joke.

It is understood that the Taoiseach has already confirmed for certain that Ireland will move to Level 3 after December 1.

But, Micheal Martin and Co are still in doubt about the rules around gatherings, pubs and restaurants.

The cabinet is “at odds” over whether pubs and restaurants should reopen fully ahead of Christmas with a final answer not expected to be known until Thursday.

The Taoiseach told The Irish Examiner that the Government will be “flexible” but warned that “individual behaviour and collective behaviour” will be vital for getting through the festive season.

It is also reported that plans are being sketched up to keep restaurants opened permanently once lockdown ends on December 1.

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But wet pubs may be forced to stay closed in order to make this plan work in the long term with the ‘€9 substantial meal’ being reviewed and possibly axed in favour of new regulations.

If wet pubs are allowed open over the festive period, there may be an earlier closing time of 10pm allowing them to return to business in a “controlled way”.

Earlier closing times are also being recommended for off-licences in a bid to discourage parties after pubs.

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Source: Dublin News