The Government of Ireland decreed this Monday the maximum alert of the plan against the pandemic, which urges citizens to stay at home Y close non-essential bars, restaurants and shops, although it keeps schools and nurseries open.
This confinement, less strict that the tax during the first wave, will take effect this Thursday and will last six weeks, with a view to progressively lifting restrictions towards the beginning of December to give the economy a breather ahead of Christmas.
The Dublin Executive, a coalition between centrists, Christian Democrats and greens, already set the alarm at level three of the aforementioned plan on October 7, against, for the first time, the recommendations of its committee of sanitary experts, which asked to raise it to five, the highest.
Since then, three counties have gone to level four, due to the fact that they border the British province of Northern Ireland, where the authorities last week ordered the closure of pubs, restaurants and shops for four weeks and that of the schools for fifteen days.
He marked reboundin the number of cases of COVID-19 in the last week has forced the Government of Dublin to decree in all the country maximum alert, finally following the recommendations of your health advisers.
The main opposition party, the nationalist Sinn Féin, has supported the decision of the prime minister, the centrist Micheál Martin, and his conservative and environmental partners, but asked them that the restrictions be “fair, balanced” and that they are accompanied by support measures for the “most vulnerable sectors”.
Its leader, Mary Lou McDonald, recalled that, with her support for the Government, she wants to contribute “in a very direct way to social cohesion” and “reinforce the idea that we are all united “ in the fight against coronavirus.
In this sense, the leader of Sinn Féin, the second party in Northern Ireland, also described as “useless and dangerous” the fact that Dublin and Belfast follow different health strategies, so he advocated a single position for the entire island of Ireland.
The new restrictions
With the new restrictions, bars and restaurants will only offer take-out services, all family gatherings will be prohibited and no visitors will be allowed to other homes, while non-essential trips, such as walks or outings for physical exercise, will be limited to a radius of five kilometers.
Citizens may only leave their respective counties to work, study or for “other essential purposes”, Although the Government recommends that you work from home whenever possible.
Since the first confinement, the success of the restrictions imposed has depended on the degree of voluntary compliance of citizenship since the authorities have not had legal tools to, for example, fine offenders.
However, the Government confirmed this Monday that it is finalizing an emergency legislative package to impose sanctions during this new bolt.
The latest official figures published this Monday indicated that no new deaths were registered in the previous 24 hours, which left the number of deaths at 1,852, while they were detected 1,031 new infections, up to a total of 50,993.