A number of Covid restrictions return in Ireland; Minister confirms PUP reintroduction

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has confirmed reintroduction of Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) following the latest implementation of Covid restrictions in Ireland. Taoiseach Micheál Martin had yesterday announced more strict measures such as closing of night clubs in order to prevent further spread of Covid in the society.

“I know many workers will be worried tonight. The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will reopen for applications for workers impacted by latest restrictions. My Department will work on this as a matter of urgency & full details will be announced over coming days,” Minister Humphreys tweeted.

The government had stopped receiving new applications for PUP on 8th July, when the restrictions were eased. Also the phased withdrawal of PUP had been begun by cutting the rate.

The returning of restrictions come in the light of latest advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). It includes closing of nightclubs from December 7th to January 9th and reintroduction of strict social distancing in restaurants, bars and hotels.

Measures like one metre distance between restaurant tables, maximum six adults per table have also returned.

The capacity of live events, sport events, entertainment and cultural programmes have been reduced again to 50%. All the participants must be seated as well.

Covid pass is mandatory for restaurants, gyms, hotel bars and leisure centres from now on.

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