Galway is among five counties that are being closely monitored for a potential move up to level 3 lockdown restrictions, after Donegal was moved up to Level 3 on Thursday evening, joining Dublin as the only other county above level 2.
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, announcing the news, confirmed that Cork, Louth, Waterford, Wicklow, Kildare and Galway were being “closely watched”, due to the rise in the number of cases in those areas over the past few weeks.
The Cabinet made the decision following a recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). It will see indoor gatherings banned and outdoor gatherings strictly limited to 15 people.
Households will be limited to a maximum of six visitors from one other household, and weddings and funerals will be limited to a maximum of 25 attendees.
One major difference between Donegal and Dublin’s lockdown restrictions is that pubs that don’t serve food will be allowed to stay open, but can only serve a maximum of 15 people and they must be outdoors.