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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# level 5

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# Compliance
Eight people have files sent to DPP over failure to wear a face mask
The DPP will decide if criminal charges should be brought.
# level 5
'Children will be able to get clothes': Taoiseach says retailers should take compassionate approach
The row over essential and non-essential retail items has been rumbling on since Level 5 restrictions were introduced last week.
# Phoenix Park
Almost all Phoenix Park gates to close to vehicular traffic on weekends for duration of Level 5
The gates will close as normal at 11pm on Fridays and reopen at 7am on Mondays.
# essential or non-essential
Explainer: What exactly are the rules for essential and non-essential retailers and how can they be enforced?
What penalties are in place for businesses that break the rules?
# latest figures
One week into Level 5, what does this week's Covid-19 data tell us?
Public Health officials have cautioned that it is too early to say if any trend has emerged.
# operation fanacht
Motorists urged to slow down when approaching Garda checkpoints
Gardaí in particular are urging drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to reduce their speed.
# level 5
Dr Nabarro says Ireland should use six weeks wisely to avoid 'yo-yo' lockdown effect
The WHO special envoy says he doesn’t accept that the virus will inevitably require ‘draconian responses’ to be rolled out.
# level 5
Nearly 300,000 people now in receipt of the PUP as €350 rate returns
Heather Humphreys said this rise reflects the “economic impact” of moving to Level 5.
# Leo Varadkar
Tánaiste says it is 'unfair' for non-essential shops to stay open by selling PPE
The Tánaiste said it was “totally unfair” for retailers staying open in this way and that gardaí would be enforcing legislation.
# Yule want to read this
It won't be anything like a normal Christmas but some retailers are hopeful online sales will keep things ticking over
Business owners wonder what the shortened seasonal lead-in will mean for them.
Time for baking bread: Try seeded loaf and Guinness and treacle bread from The Cake Cafe
Baker Ray O’Neill shares his views on Level 5 restrictions where he says supporting local is vital. He has two delicious bread recipes for you.
# Retail Sector
Explainer: Why are some non-essential retailers continuing to operate in Level 5?
What exactly do the government guidelines say about retailers?
# Renting
Bill preventing evictions from taking place during Level 5 passes all Oireachtas stages
The Bill will now be sent to the President for early signature.
# level 5
Larger retailers 'abusing' Level 5 by remaining open for non-essential sales, retail group claims
Retail Excellence Ireland has said it is writing to the Tánaiste over its concerns.
# Capacity
Some passengers being 'left behind' as capacity on public transport reduced to 25%, NTA head says
NTA CEO Anne Graham said today that there are “more people travelling than need to travel” which is putting pressure on capacity.
# covid19
How this week's Covid-19 data compares to last week
On day one of Level 5 let’s look at the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland – and how the data compares with last week.
# Grafton Street
Nine people charged following anti-lockdown protests in Dublin city centre
An investigation focused on the organisers of the protest is now underway.
# Dublin Bus
Bus drivers describe 'mayhem' as Level 5 reduces public transport capacity
The NRBU has called for staggered school and work times to manage public transport demand.
# level 5
Taoiseach says people traveling beyond 5km limit with a reasonable excuse should have no fear about facing fines
There are about 25 reasons listed that allow people to travel beyond their 5km limit.
Opinion: The gym is great, but please don't insult us by suggesting it's the answer to mental illness
Rachel O’Neill lives with anxiety and depression and says ‘bad actors’ using mental health as an excuse to keep gyms open in Level 5 is unforgivable.
# level 5
Poll: Do you plan to exercise more over the next six weeks?
The country is under Level 5 restrictions until 1 December.
Roisin Shortall: Human behaviour, not just data, must be factored into the Government Covid strategy
Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall says NPHET and the Government are not factoring in human behaviour and our social structures in their attempts to stop Covid-19.
# level 5
'Hundreds' of rolling checkpoints and community patrols - Gardaí to roll out high visibility operation for Level 5
The entire country has now entered Level 5 of Covid-19 restrictions.
# A reminder
The Level 5 restrictions have just kicked in - here's what they are
Two households can meet outdoors for things like exercise, funerals allowed up to 25 mourners, and fines for breaching the rules.
# level 5
Electric Ireland announces moratorium on energy disconnections during Level 5 restrictions
The six-week restrictions begin tomorrow.
# Covid-19
Golf clubs to close under Level 5 restrictions
The GUI and ILGU say they have sought clarity over whether driving ranges and practice facilities can remain open for exempted activities.
# level 5
GAA confirm minor and U20 championships will be halted from midnight
Dublin and Galway were set to meet in the final of the U20 Football Championship on Saturday, but that will not go ahead.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What led to Ireland moving to Level 5 restrictions?
We take a look at the facts and figures on this week’s podcast.
# Lockdown
Why is Ireland choosing a 'seesaw' approach to tackling Covid-19?
The Taoiseach said certain approaches, such as ‘Zero Covid’ or herd immunity, are not realistic for Ireland.
# level 5
Fines of €1,000 for house parties, and up to €500 for other breaches of Covid-19 rules
Gardaí will still not be allowed to enter someone’s home.
# Dear Health Minister
Here's the letter from Tony Holohan that recommended Level 5 for six weeks
The Chief Medical Officer sent the letter to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly last Thursday.
# close contact testing
CMO and Deputy CMO lay out the figures behind Covid-19 testing in schools
Close contact testing in schools has yielded a positivity rate of 2.8%.
# return to lockdown
Level 5: Taoiseach outlines R0 target and says 'reward is to get the shops open'
Michéal Martin says the aim is to “get the R number consistently below 1″.
# garden centres
'There is no logic to it': Garden centre owners wonder why they're being forced to close their doors in Level 5
Along with other ‘non-essential’ retailers like bookshops, they can operate online.
# level 5
O'Brien says 'blanket' eviction ban to take effect while government will engage with banks on mortgage breaks
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said today that engaging with the banks on mortgage breaks is the “least the minister of finance should do”.
# Coronavirus
People living alone and parents sharing custody can have 'social bubbles' under new Covid-19 restrictions
The measure will permit people who live alone to interact with another household.
# Coronavirus
Explainer: Here are the new Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect
Cabinet signed off on the measures earlier today.
# Coronavirus
Level 5: These are the essential retail outlets and services allowed open under the new restrictions
New restrictions are to come into force across the country – so what does this mean for retail?
# Covid-19
Green light for senior GAA Championships as elite sport exempt from Level 5 restrictions
The exemption will leave international rugby and European football available for viewing from home.
# Weddings
Weddings with up to 25 attendees to be allowed under Level 5 restrictions
Cabinet signed off on new Covid-19 restrictions earlier today.