New restrictions considering household visits and indoor hospitality

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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:

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