The top four things you need to know for Friday, December 3rd

Household visits and indoor hospitality will be targetted as part of new restrictions to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

It’s understood NPHET has recommended limiting household mixing – allowing one household gather with three others – until mid-February.

Opening hour limits and rules around table sittings and multiple bookings at pubs and restaurants are also proposed.


The Taoiseach Micheál Martin will meet the hospitality sector today, to discuss the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme.

It’s after the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party passed a motion on Wednesday night to reverse cuts to the scheme.

The Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath will also attend the meeting, after it was cut by up to €147 per week for each staff member.


New restrictions around travel have come into effect from today meaning passengers will need a negative antigen or PCR test to enter Ireland from overseas..

The new testing regime has been described as the lesser of two evils by the Irish Travel Agents Association but concern has already been raised around the measure which some fear will discourage people from travelling home this Christmas


TDs have voted in favour of bringing back the laws to allow the Government to enforce mandatory hotel quarantine.

They took the decision in a vote that was passed in the Dail last night which applies to overseas arrivals.



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