Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced a regional lockdown in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly following a surge in coronavirus cases.
Addressing the country, Mr Martin said the virus was still a “deep and urgent threat”.
He said a number of limited restrictions will apply to counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly for two weeks from midnight.
Cafes, restaurants and pubs will close indoors and can only offer takeaway and delivery.
All cinemas, theatres, casinos, betting shops, bingo halls, gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, exercise and dance studios are required to close.
There will be no sporting events or matches.
Hotels can remain open but must limit occupancy to essential non-social and non-tourist reasons. Existing guests can remain for the duration of their booking.
People in the three counties will only be allowed travel within their own county unless it is for work or medical appointments, or for family reasons.
There will also be an exemption for those who need to travel for farming reasons. Indoor gatherings will be restricted to six people.
Visits to prisons, acute hospitals and nursing homes will be suspended except on compassionate grounds.
People have been asked not to travel to those counties unless for work.
Creches and playgrounds will remain open.
More to follow…