Pubs, restaurants and nightclubs in the Republic of Ireland are expected to close at midnight on Thursday as the country aims to halt an increase in Covid cases. Normal opening hours only resumed last month, after the curfew was lifted at 11:30 p.m. The hotel industry warned that the decision would be “extraordinarily difficult” for night bars, which have a license to serve alcohol until 02:30, rather than the normal weekend closing time of 00:30 for other pubs. and bars. People will also be advised to work from home starting Friday, reversing another policy change in September. Ireland has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, but has seen an increase in infections this month, with 4,570 reported on Monday.