We should know whether we’re headed for stage 4 or not later on.

A decision on whether Ireland will proceed into Phase 4 of restrictions from this coming Monday (August 10th), is expected later today.

The Cabinet is due to announce whether the reopening of pubs and hotel bars will go ahead, along with gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors being permitted.

Also on the agenda when the National Public Health Emergency Team meet today is potentially updating the Green List for foreign travel.

Ireland had been due to enter Phase 4 of reopening society and business on 20 July but it was delayed until August 10th following an increase in the reproductive number of the virus.

Yesterday, the Department of Health was notified of 46 additional cases of Covid-19, with no new deaths recorded.

The death toll remains at 1,763. There are a total of 26,208 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn urged people to “continue to observe the safe behaviours that we recommend such as physical distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other”.