What do we know so far about the new measures?

The Cabinet has agreed that midnight will be the new closing time for bars, restaurants and nightclubs from Thursday midnight. Work from home advice for employees will take effect from Friday.

This morning Government agreed that Covid passes will be required for cinemas and theatres but not for gyms and hairdressers.

In a change of policy, household contacts of a person with Covid will have to restrict their movements for five days and take three antigen tests.

Senior Government figures are this lunchtime privately indicating that they fear further restrictions might be needed in the weeks ahead.