Electric Ireland has announced the reintroduction of a disconnection moratorium for its 1.3 million residential and business customers.

The moratorium will begin when Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions come in at midnight.

The company said the move would protect all of its customers that may experience financial hardship and uncertainty during period.

It will run until 1 December this year.

Electric Ireland has also asked all customers who are experiencing financial difficulty to make contact.

It said it will work with them to find a payment plan that will suit their individual circumstances.

The company says it works closely with organisations such as the Irish Money Advice and Budgeting Service and Society of St. Vincent de Paul to help customers who run into trouble paying their bills.

This is the second time that the company has introduced a disconnection moratorium this year.

"This is great news for Electric Ireland customers," said Eoin Clarke of Switcher.ie.

"At a time where many are going to be suffering financial hardship they can have peace of mind that they will not be left unable to heat their homes or without power this winter."