As Mayo and the rest of the country adapt to the level three restrictions imposed by the government this week, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo has risen to 675, according to the most recent data released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC ) and the Health Service Executive (HSE ). That data is correct up to midnight on Monday, October 5.
The 675 confirmed cases represent an increase of 83 in a month since September 5, when the confirmed case numbers were 592 in the county.
However, there were no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in critical care beds or confirmed cases being treated in Mayo University Hospital, according to the HSE's latest update as of Tuesday, October 6, with four suspected cases of Covid-19 being treated in Mayo University Hospital, according to their data.
The most recent data broken down by local electoral areas (LEA ) in Mayo is for the 14-day period from September 15 to September 28. In that period there were eight cases in the Castlebar LEA, 15 in the Ballina LEA, less than five in the Westport, Belmullet and Swinford LEAs and seven in the Claremorris LEA.
What is level three?
The imposition of level three restrictions has seen a number of business having to close or alter their ways of doing businesses, with pubs, restaurants and cafes affected. Under the guidelines, restaurants and cafes, including bars or pubs serving food or wet pubs, may remain open for takeaway and delivery, and outdoor dining or service, to an absolute maximum of 15 people.
Visitors are allowed into your home from one other household only - to a maximum of six people. In regard to weddings, up to 25 people can attend a wedding ceremony and reception and the same number can attend a funeral, with all other religious ceramonies moving online, and places of worship only remaining open for private prayer.
All museums, galleries and other cultural attractions have been closed to the public, with libraries only remaining open for e-services and call-and-collect. On movement and travelling, people are to remain in their counties - expect for work, education and other essential purposes, where appropriate.
Schools and creches are to remain open, with protective measures in place, while people must work from home unless it is necessary that they attend their workplace.