The lockdown rules that WON'T be lifted in Level 3 from pubs to gatherings

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Ireland is waiting for the Government to make an enormous decision as the Level Five lockdown is set to an end.

The current restrictions are due to finish up on December 1 – but we don’t know yet exactly what will follow.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin is meeting with coalition leaders and other officials today to discuss the latest plans.

It has been reported in today’s Irish Independent that restaurants could be allowed to reopen permanently, but “wet pubs” may be asked to stay shut.

However there are some restrictions that we are fairly sure will not be lifted at the end of the month.

Current indications are that we will be moving to some form of Level Three according to the Living with Covid roadmap.

This means that some looser restrictions that are specific to Level One and Level Two won’t be brought in.

Here are five measures that likely won’t be lifted by December 1:

1. Family gatherings of up to 50 people

Under Level One of the Living with Covid roadmap, which has never been implemented since the outbreak began here, up to 50 people can meet for social and family gatherings.

None of these gatherings can take place under the current lockdown, while under Level Three, for instance, only six people from up to two different households can meet socially.

2. Weddings of up to 100 people

Level One allows up to 100 people to attend a wedding ceremony or reception, but there is no chance this will be allowed by next month.

Under both the current lockdown and Level Three rules, there is a limit of just 25 guests at weddings.

3. Indoor gatherings of up to 200 people

Up to 200 people are allowed to gather for organised indoor gatherings under Level One. However this is not going to be the case on December 1. Currently no indoor or outdoor gatherings of any description of allowed, but under Level Three some outdoor gatherings of up to 15 people would be allowed.

4. Pubs open without an early closing time

One of the most crucial and controversial restrictions for many people, pubs are right at the centre of current Government discussions.

The latest indications suggest restaurants may be allowed to open, but “wet pubs” may be asked to stay closed, however this is not yet set in stone.

However one thing we know for sure is that pubs will have an earlier closing time than usual. Back in the previous lockdown all bars had to close at 11.30pm.

There are now signs that this closing time could now be pushed as early as 10pm, as reported by the Sunday Times yesterday.

But we can be certain that, if pubs are allowed to open at all, there will be very tight restrictions on both closing times and social distancing.

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5. Up to 500 people at sports events

In Level One up to 500 people are allowed to attend sports events and matches at outdoor stadia with a minimum capacity of 5,000, with exceptions for large national events. But with all attendance at sporting events currently banned, this rule is highly unlikely to be put in place any time soon. At Level Two, a maximum of 200 people can attend certain stadia, and this is possibly a more realistic short-term goal.

Source: Dublin News