The country is currently awaiting a government announcement, expected around 8 p.m. this evening, indicating whether we will be plunged into Level 5 lockdown restrictions as per NPHET’s recommendation.
Queues pictured outside Smyths in Carrickmines, Dublin show a long line of parents waiting to enter the store or pick up their order. Tony Byrne photographed the queue around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Other similar queues were photos outside Smyths on Kinsale Road in Cork, with people lining up for the click and collection and in-store purchases.
The Christmas shopping panic was sparked by the expected government announcement and a possible Level 5 lockdown.
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Speaking to Brian Dobson on News at One on RTE Radio 1, the national broadcaster’s political correspondent confirmed that the cabinet will meet today to discuss the NPHET recommendation around 5:30 p.m. / 6 p.m.
Following this meeting, a national announcement should be made this evening around 7 or 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, government regulations for Level 5 restrictions were updated on its website for the first time since September 23, according to the Irish Mirror.
Under the new Level 5 guidelines, keeping schools open would be based on “recommendations based on both situation and evidence”.