‘Strong possibility’ Dublin will face further restrictions, says Paschal Donohoe

There is a “strong” and “very real” possibility that Dublin will be moved to level three in the Government’s plans for coping with the Covid-19 pandemic, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said.

This would mean more severe restrictions for the capital, where there is concern about the increased spread of the disease in recent weeks.

Dr Philip Nolan, a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team, has warned that the number cases recorded daily in the State could rise as high as 3,500 per day by the end of next month if the virus continues to spread at current rates.

Mr Donohoe said people living in Dublin who are considering going on holidays elsewhere in the State should reschedule and that those from the county planning to have weddings outside the capital should reconsider this. He said people should avoid travelling to Dublin where possible.

The Government has come in for criticism for not communicating its medium-term Living with Covid-19 strategy clearly since it was published on Tuesday.

Under the plan, the whole State has been set at level two of five, though additional restrictions have been placed on the capital from today such as curbs on private gatherings and pubs not serving food being unable to open from next week as will be the case in other counties.