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The Explainer: What you need to know about the new Covid-19 levels and restrictions

The Living With Covid plan was launched earlier today.

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TODAY WAS A big day for the country, thanks to the launch of the Living With Covid Plan.

The plan sets out the options for how Ireland can deal with the Covid-19 pandemic over the next six months, through a series of five ‘levels’ with varying restrictions.

Right now, the country is at Level 2 – but Dublin has a few extra restrictions, due to the incidence rate in the capital.

There are changes too in relation to international travel, with the government saying it will expand the Green List from next Monday to include more countries, including Germany. Ireland will adopt the EU foreign travel ‘traffic light’ system from October.

Speaking on Prime Time last night, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said the advice to avoid non-essential travel regarding the Green List had also changed, and that people were now permitted to travel to Green List countries for non-essential reasons.

The risk posed by Covid-19 was highlighted only hours after the press conference for the plan when Health Minister Stephen Donnelly had to self-isolate after feeling unwell and going for a Covid-19 test. This meant that the Cabinet had to restrict their movements, and it even led to a temporary stalling of the Dáil.

In this week’s podcast, we talk you through what you need to know about the plan.

Reporters Michelle Hennessy and Cónal Thomas look at the various levels and what is allowed under them; NPHET’s relationship with the government and how this has evolved; and what the restrictions mean for the arts, sport, and weddings.

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This episode was put together by presenter Sinéad O’Carroll and producer Aoife Barry, producer and technical operator Nicky Ryan, and executive producer Christine Bohan. Guests were Michelle Hennessy and Cónal Thomas. Design by Palash Somani.

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