Household visits and indoor hospitality will be targeted 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.
There has been a further 4,163 Covid cases, while 545 people are in hospital with the virus, and 117 in ICU.
HSE chief executive Paul Reid says the health system’s under major pressure: