Cabinet agrees to extend Level 5 lockdown until March 5

by Gazette Reporter

Level 5 restrictions will continue until March 5, following a meeting of Cabinet today.

In addition to this, individuals who travel into Ireland without a negative Covid-19 test will face a mandatory 14 day quarantine period. All arrivals from Brazil and South Africa will also have to engage in a 14 day mandatory quarantining period.

It is understood that legislation will be drafted ‘quickly’ in order to apply this rule to Irish and EU citizens arriving into the country.

Everyone arriving into Ireland will have to self-isolate for a set period, and this is to be enforced by regulations for the first time,

Those who produce a second negative Covid-19 test result within five days of entering Ireland will be allowed to leave self-isolation, and those who are returning from overseas to the Republic of Ireland via Northern Ireland will be subject to the same legal requirements, according to RTE.

Other measures discussed at cabinet include an increase to the current €100 fine for those who travel outside of their 5km travel limit with the intent of travelling abroad for a non-essential reason.

This morning, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that even with the restrictions extended there will still be a ‘significant number’ of people in hospital at the end of February, and that this is the ‘clear and motivating factor’ for extended restrictions.

An official announcement is expected from the Government later this afternoon.

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