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Dr Ronan Glynn said the current situation has deteriorated both in Dublin and nationally over the past week

Dr Ronan Glynn said the current situation has deteriorated both in Dublin and nationally over the past week

It has emerged that pubs that don't serve food won't be allowed to open in Dublin next week as concern remains around the rise of Covid-19 cases in the capital.

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"Certainly the severe restrictions brought in to Kildare, Laois and Offaly did work".

New restrictions for Dubs will be announced today.

For example for weddings can have 100 people in attendance under level one but just six people at levels four and five.

Dubliners are also being "encouraged" to limit travel outside the county.

While Dublin is at "level two" of restrictions along with the rest of the country for the next three weeks, a series of extra measures will be in place for the capital.

The patrols will be on foot, in squad cars and on bikes throughout the county, with a focus on health guidelines like social distancing and gathering in large groups.

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"We want to thank the public for this".

"As a result, we will have a high visibility presence throughout Dublin".

While the approach is now national, and the entire country is on Level 2, that could change depending on prevalence of the virus in local areas.

The new plan for living with Covid-19 has five different levels of restrictions that can be deployed on a county by county basis.

However Dublin is a sort of level two plus - with pubs not being allowed to re-open next week, people only allowed to have 6 people from one household in their homes and spectator sport being restricted. Today, Government launched a 5-Level framework.

But it is understood that some in Government are pushing for this to be increased for stadiums like Croke Park or the Aviva.

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