Coronavirus: ‘Strong possibility’ Dublin will move to level three, says Paschal Donohoe

There is a “strong” and “very real” possibility that Dublin will move to level three in the Government’s plans for coping with the coronavirus pandemic, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said.

The Government on Tuesday published details of the country’s new medium-term plan for living with the coronavirus. Under the plan, the State, including Dublin, has been set at level two (of five) while additional restrictions have been placed on the capital.

Opposition parties had criticised the “bespoke” measures for Dublin, which include wet pubs being forced to remain closed, announced under the road map on Tuesday.

Mr Donohoe told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland that all measures were about containing the virus and until Covid-19 cases in Dublin were reduced the advice remained that people in the capital should not travel outside the city or the county.