COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland


Restrictions have been in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions have affected most aspects of life in Ireland.

Resilience and Recovery: The Path Ahead is the Government’s plan to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions and allow the economy to reopen.

Many people who lost their jobs or were unable to work during the pandemic are getting the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This emergency payment has been extended beyond 30 June 2021. The scheme will close to new applicants from 1 July 2021, and the rate of payment will be gradually reduced from 7 September 2021.

Changes to COVID-19 restrictions in July and August

On 28 May 2021, the Government announced a further easing of restrictions.

From 5 July 2021:

  • You can have visitors indoors at home from up to 3 other households
  • Restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor service
  • Indoor training and exercise can resume in pods of up to 6 people.
  • Indoor events can have up to 50 people attend in groups of 6 people. Larger venues can have up to 100 in attendance with strict public health measures in place
  • Outdoor events can have up to 200 in attendance. Larger outdoor venues with capacity of 5000 or more can have up to 500 in attendance
  • Wedding receptions can have up to 50 people attend
  • First communions, confirmations and baptisms may take place
  • Indoor activities such as bowling alleys, snooker halls and children’s play centres can reopen

From 19 July 2021:

Government advice is to avoid non-essential travel until 18 July 2021. Penalties for non essential travel are still in place. From 19 July, you can travel in accordance with public health guidelines and any restrictions in place.

From August 2021

Depending on public health advice, further lifting of restrictions will take place including:

  • Wedding receptions and celebrations can have up to 100 people attend
  • Public transport will operate at full capacity
  • Increased numbers will be permitted at both indoor and outdoor events

Restrictions in place now

You should continue to work from home where possible.

Meeting with people at your home

You can meet in your home indoors with one other household.

Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people, up to a maximum of 3 households. This can include one unvaccinated household if they are not at risk of severe illness. This provision is called the vaccine bonus. Some people who have had COVID-19 can also follow the vaccine bonus advice.

You can hold outdoor events at your home with restrictions on numbers. An outdoor event can have:

  • 6 people or less (from any number of households)
  • 15 people or less (from your own household and two other households)

Meeting with people outside your home

Restaurants and bars are open for outdoor service for groups of up to 6 people.

Outdoor organised events can take place with up to 100 people in attendance. 200 people can attend events in venues with a capacity of 5,000 or more.

Trial sports and music events will also take place in June.

Shops and services

All shops and retail can reopen.

Cinemas and theatres can reopen.

Personal services (like hairdressers) can reopen by appointment.

Property viewings can take place by appointment only.

Driver Theory Test Services can partially re-open (25,000 tests per month with related opening of driver test centres)

Nursing homes

Residents in nursing homes where at least 8 out of 10 residents have been fully vaccinated can have 4 routine visits per week. This applies where residents have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks. Residents of all other nursing homes are allowed to have 2 visits per week.

Domestic travel

You can travel anywhere in Ireland. Public transport can operate at 50% capacity.

Hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering and hostels can reopen. Indoor services, such as bars and restaurants, are for overnight guests only.

Weddings and funerals

Up to 50 people can attend a wedding service. Up to 25 can attend a wedding reception (indoor or outdoor).

Funerals can have up to 50 mourners. Gatherings before or after the funeral should not take place.

Sports and exercise

Gyms, leisure centres and pools can open for individual training. Swimming lessons and classes can take place. Parents or guardians can attend their child’s swimming lessons.

Outdoor sport facilities can open, including golf courses and tennis courts.

Outdoor sports training can take place in pods of up to 15. Outdoor matches can take place.

High performance athletics approved by Sport Ireland and training for adult inter-county GAA can take place.

Religious services

Places of worship are open for religious services for congregations of up to 50 people. Where a place of worship is large enough, and where strict social distancing measures are followed, larger congregations may be allowed (but not for funerals and weddings).

Laws and penalties

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Page edited: 7 June 2021