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Social distancing selling: the scene at Kenmare Mart, Co Kerry, last weekend. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Social distancing selling: the scene at Kenmare Mart, Co Kerry, last weekend. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Social distancing selling: the scene at Kenmare Mart, Co Kerry, last weekend. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Marts are to close from midnight tonight under new measures announced by the Taoiseach Leo Varardkar as part of the Government's response to Covid-19.

The Taoiseach said more needs to be done now to flatten the curve and he asked all who can to stay at home. This is the best way to ensure hospitals are not overwhelmed, he said.

Speaking today, he said people should only go to the shops for essential supplies for medical or dental appointments or to take care of others, take exercise, but that non-essential indoor visits to other people's homes should be avoided, while social gatherings should not be of more than four people.

All organised social indoor and outdoor events, or any size, are not to take place.

As part of this the Taoiseach listed that marts and markets are to close from midnight tonight, along with theaters, gyms, hair dressers, betting offices. Hotels are to limit occupancy and non essential retail outlets are to close to members of the public.

All cafe and restaurants should limit to take out.

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