After an unsettling start to the week that saw NPHET recommend a second full lockdown for the whole country, the Government has decided to impose Level 3 restrictions nationwide from midnight, October 6th.

Peninsula look at what impact this will have on businesses all over the country.

Restaurants and cafes
Under Level 3, restaurants and cafes (which includes bars/pubs serving food and wet pubs) may remain open for take-away, delivery, and outdoor dining/service to an absolute maximum of 15 people.

Wet pubs in Dublin will remain closed.

Hotels remain open but hotel services are only available to residents.

These restrictions on services could force many hospitality businesses to lay off staff or evaluate their financial viability in other ways.

While the retail sector can continue to operate provided protective measures and face covering mandates are in place, the move to Level 3 is likely to reduce footfall further.

Tourist attractions
Galleries, museums, and cultural attractions will be closed while libraries will be open for certain services, such as call and collect.

Schools and creches can remain open once protective measures are in place.

Public transport
Face coverings will have to be worn on public transport, with capacities also limited to 50%. Public transport should be used for essential workers and essential purposes only.

You are now only allowed visitors from one other household and at a limit of six people. While outdoor gatherings of up to 15 people can go ahead, indoor gatherings, such as training events, are not permitted.

Working from home
The Government has advised that people must work from home unless it’s absolutely necessary for them to attend in person.

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