The Chief Medical Officer has suggested Christmas drinks in pubs won't be recommended as part of new Covid-19 guidelines being drawn up.
NPHET is currently working on advice aimed at making sure people socialise in a safe manner during the festive season.
A further 270 cases of the virus were confirmed last night with one additional death, while the estimated 14 day incidence rate has fallen to 161.
Cavan and Monaghan have both seen their incidence rates drop below the national average with fewer than 5 cases recorded each last night.
Cavan's incidence rate now stands at 156.2 while Monaghan's is 140.1
Dr Tony Holohan doesn't expect Christmas drinks in pubs to be possible when Level 5 is lifted: