TD calls for enhanced grants for businesses in Kildare, Offaly and Laois – Irish Examiner

Laois Offaly Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has called for enhanced grants for businesses in the three counties on whom further restrictions were imposed at the weekend.

The country’s first regional lockdown will see residents of Kildare, Offaly and Laois barred from leaving their counties from last Saturday.

Residents of the three counties can only travel within their own county, except in certain circumstances such as work or medical appointments.

Under the measures, cafés and bars will close unless they are doing takeaway or outdoor dining, which is limited to 15 customers. 

Cinemas, gyms, cultural venues and other entertainment venues will close.  

All sport will be cancelled, though non-contact training for up to 15 people can continue.  Retail stores can remain open under strict social distancing rules and churches can be open for private prayer.

Hotels will remain open, but must limit themselves to non-tourist and non-social business. Hairdressers and

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