Ireland’s government has agreed to return the country to the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Wednesday.
Cabinet ministers agreed with the measures to contain COVID-19 during a meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin.
It means Ireland will go to Level 5 coronavirus restrictions – the most severe – which had been recommended by health experts to halt the surge in COVID-19 cases.
The new restrictions will be in place until 1 December.
However, reports say that the measures will stop short of a full national lockdown – as schools are reportedly set to remain open, and elite-level sports will be allowed to continue.
Prime Minister Micheal Martin is set to address the nation this evening, with Sky’s Ireland correspondent Stephen Murphy previously describing the measures as a “surprise move”.
According to RTE news, construction will keep going and people will be able to go out to exercise within five kilometres of their homes.