Irish News Today: Covid rules change, Met Eireann forecast freeze and shops circumvent liquor law

Cabinet meets today to discuss changes to Ireland’s close contact and isolation rules with recommendations from Dr Tony Holohan.

That should be the big news this cold Wednesday with many of you sitting at home in isolation, if the estimates that 500,000 people were infected in the past week are correct.

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Covid rules are subject to change today

Cabinet will meet to discuss the current trajectory of Covid-19 in Ireland, as well as any potential relaxation of existing measures.

One of the main topics of debate will be the relaxation of close contact rules for those who have received the booster shot.

It comes after Stephen Donnelly confirmed he had received recommendations from Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and planned to take them to Cabinet.

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan pictured at the Department of Health this afternoon during a Covid-19 press conference.

Officials will now consider whether or not to allow close contacts, who are fully boosted and showing no symptoms, to avoid having to restrict their movements.

For other close contacts who do not have the booster shot, they will still have to restrict their movement for seven days and all positive cases will have to self-isolate for the same period.


Met Eireann frosty forecast

Met Eireann predicted sub-freezing temperatures will hit two regions today as freezing conditions take hold.

Despite sunny skies in Munster and Leinster there will be plenty of frost forming overnight with lows of -2 degrees Celsius.

However, the general daytime forecast for today indicates that it will be dry with good sunshine.

It will become cloudier later in the afternoon in parts of the north and west with odd patches of drizzle appearing.

Highest temperatures will range from 6 to 10 degrees in light to moderate southwesterly or variable breezes.

Fog and low cloud will persist in the south and southeast for much of Thursday with some brighter periods developing elsewhere.


Shop brazenly circumvent the liquor law

A Cork store has unveiled a cheeky new offer that circumvents Ireland’s new law on the minimum unit price for alcohol.

The new law has been in place for more than a week and public opinion is widely opposed to the idea.

And Sam’s Gala in Dunmanway has put up signs around their offer shop which read: “Buy 24 plastic cups for £30 and get a £47.34 credit absolutely free. See in store for terms and conditions. “

The €47.34 credit note happens to be the price of big slices of Budweiser and other beers – which previously would have cost a lot less.

Alcohol costs €47.34

A social media post from the store has been shared by thousands of people and praise has been heaping on the store for the tongue-in-cheek offering.

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