Ireland has imposed some of Europe’s toughest coronavirus restrictions as it went back into lockdown.
Prime Minister Micheal Martin laid out the new level-5 measures on Monday after Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recorded 1,031 new cases of infections on Monday.
Under the new measures, non-essential retail businesses will be shut while bars and restaurants will be restricted to a takeaway service.
The new measures will come into effect for six weeks on Wednesday, making Ireland the first EU nation to re-enter the coronavirus lockdown.
“Everyone in the country is being asked to stay at home,” Martin said in a televised speech, with exercise allowed only within a 5-kilometer (3-mile) radius of home. The government also announced “there will be a penalty” for violating the 5-kilometer restriction.
Schools will also be allowed to function “because we cannot and will not allow our children and young people’s futures to be another victim of this disease,” Martin said.