Ireland’s first minister Arlene Foster on Wednesday said that schools in the country will close from Monday and pubs and restaurants will face new restrictions from Friday, in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, authorities reported 1,217 new infections and 4 deaths from the disease. The total number of cases currently stands at 23,115.
From Friday, hospitality businesses will be limited to takeaway and delivery services for the next four weeks. The decision comes after health officials warned that infections would rise further if schools and hospitality premises remain open. Under the new measures, schools will close for two weeks until November 2.
“We fully appreciate that this will be difficult and worrying news for a lot of people. The executive has taken this decision because it is necessary. We do not take this step lightly”, Foster said.