Plan for living with COVID-19

Introduction

The ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020 – 2021: Plan for living with COVID-19’ is a framework for managing COVID-19.

This plan replaces the previous Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

The plan sets out 5 levels that correspond to the severity of COVID-19 in a location. Different levels can be in place in different locations in the country.

Level 1 is for locations where COVID-19 is the least severe and means that restrictions on the activities of people and businesses are at their lowest level. Level 5 is for locations where COVID-19 is most severe and means that restrictions on the activities of people and businesses are at their highest level.

Level 5 is in place now

Every county in Ireland is on alert Level 5 in the 'Plan for living with COVID-19' until 31 January 2021.

Restrictions on travel to Ireland are in place.

If you have lost your job or been laid off without pay, you can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment which will continue at its current rate until 31 March 2021.

You can read more about level 5 restrictions on gov.ie.

Level 5

Ireland is on Level 5 until 31 January 2021.

You cannot have visitors to your home. Some people who may be at risk of isolation can nominate another household to mix with. This is called a support bubble.

You can meet with one other household outside your home for exercise.

Only essential workers should travel to work. You should work from home unless you are providing an essential service and need to be physically present.

In addition:

  • You should only leave your home if you have a 'reasonable excuse' for doing so.
  • Schools remain closed until 1 February 2021.
  • Creches and childcare services are closed except for vulnerable children and children of essential workers.
  • People over 70 and people who are extremely medically vulnerable are advised to avoid public transport, shop during designated hours and limit their interactions to a small number of people.
  • Visits to nursing homes are limited to compassionate or critical circumstances only and limited to one visit by one person every 2 weeks.
  • Public transport can operate with capacity restricted to 25%.

Domestic travel

You should stay within 5km of your home.

You should not travel unless it is:

  • To return home (your place of residence) if you travelled outside your county before 26 December
  • For food shopping
  • To travel to and from essential work
  • To attend medical appointments and get medical supplies
  • For vital family reasons such as providing care
  • To attend disability day services
  • To attend a wedding or funeral
  • To visit a grave
  • For farming

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 6 people can attend a wedding.

No organised indoor events should take place.

No organised outdoor events, or sporting fixtures should take place.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions must close.

Sports and exercise

Gyms, leisure centres and pools must close.

No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children.

No training or matches should take place except professional elite sports and inter-county gaelic games, horse-racing and greyhound racing behind closed doors.

Religious services and funerals

Places of worship can remain open for private prayer. Religious services must be held online.

Up to 10 can attend funerals.

Shops and business

Restaurants, cafes and pubs that serve food can open for take away services only. Wet pubs remain closed.

Hotels and other accomodation can open only for essential purposes.

All non-essential shops are closed. Click and collect services are suspended.

All other personal services, such as hairdressers, beauticians and barbers, must close.

Further information:

You can read more about Level 5.

Level 4

You cannot have visitors to your home. You should not meet socially in other settings.

Tradespeople can continue to go to people's homes, but should wear a face covering and keep their distance.

Only essential workers should go to work.

In addition:

  • You should not travel outside your county.
  • Schools, creches and outdoor play areas remain open with restrictive measures in place.
  • People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should avoid public transport, shop during designated hours and limit their interactions to a small number of people.
  • Visits to nursing and care homes are limited to one visit by one person per week, except in critical and compassionate circumstances.
  • Public transport can operate with capacity restricted to 25%.

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 6 people can attend a wedding.

No organised indoor events should take place.

Up to 15 can attend organised outdoor events.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions must close.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms and leisure centres are closed. No matches should take place, except professional sporting events that can be held behind closed doors. Non contact training can take place in pods of up to 15. Only individual training permitted indoors.

Religious services and funerals

Religious services are online only. Places of worship remain open for private prayer. Up to 25 can attend funerals.

Shops and business

Bars, cafes, and restaurants can open for take away services only or outdoor dining for up to 15 people. Wet pubs can serve drinks in outdoor areas to a maximum of 15 people. Hotel services are limited to residents.

Only essential shops and services will remain open.

You can read more about Level 4.

Level 3

You cannot have visits to your home or garden unless it is for an essential reason, like providing care to a child or to an elderly or vulnerable person. If you are in a support bubble with another household, you can continue to visit each other.

Tradespeople can continue to go to people's homes, but should wear a face covering and keep their distance.

Up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors while maintaining physical distancing.

You should continue to work from home unless it is absolutely necessary to attend in person.

In addition:

  • You should not travel outside your county.
  • Schools, creches and outdoor play areas remain open with restrictive measures in place.
  • People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should avoid public transport, shop during designated hours and limit their interactions to a small number of people.
  • Visits to nursing and care homes are limited to one visit by one person per week, except for in critical and compassionate circumstances.
  • Public transport can operate with capacity restricted to 50%.

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 25 people can go to a wedding.

No organised indoor events should take place, except professional sports events that can take place behind closed doors.

Up to 15 can go to organised outdoor events (but not including sporting events).

Museums, galleries, cinemas and other cultural attractions can reopen.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Outdoor training sessions can take place in pods of up to 15 people. Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools remain open for individual training only. Bowling alleys, pool halls and arcades should stay closed.

Religious services and funerals

Religious services can take place with restrictions. Up to 50 people can attend religious services. Up to 25 mourners can attend funerals.

Shops and business

Bars that serve food, cafes, and restaurants can open, with restrictions. 'Wet' pubs must remain closed, except for take away services.

Nightclubs, casinos and discos remain closed. Hotel services are limited to residents.

Shops can open, along with hairdressers, beauticians and barbers. Face coverings must be worn.

You can read more about Level 3.

Level 2

You can have visitors to your home from one other household only. You can meet socially outdoors in groups of up to 15 people from up to 3 households.

You should continue to work from home if possible. You can go to work if for essential on-site meetings, inductions and training.

People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should avoid public transport, shop during designated hours and limit their interactions to a small number of people.

Apart from protective measures that apply to individual sectors, there are no restrictions on:

  • Travel within Ireland
  • Schools and childcare services (protective measures must remain in place)
  • Outdoor play areas

Nursing and care homes should follow advanced protective measures.

Public transport can operate with capacity reduced to 50%.

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 50 people can go to a wedding.

Up to 50 people can go to organised indoor events (including sporting events), or up to 100 in larger venues. Specific guidance will be developed for individual sectors.

Up to 100 can go to organised outdoor events (including sporting events), or up to 200 can go to outdoor stadiums with a minimum capacity of 5000. For very large stadiums and outdoor venues, specific guidance will be developed by individual sectors.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions can open with social distancing in place. Maximum numbers depend on the size of the venue.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Normal sports training sessions can take place and gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open with protective measures.

Religious services and funerals

Up to 50 can go to religious services, including funerals. If the premises can safely hold more than 50, this may be permitted if protective measures are in place.

Retail and business

Bars, cafes, hotels and restaurants can open with protective measures in place. Groups should be limited to 6 people from no more than 3 households. This includes wet pubs, pubs that do not serve food. Nightclubs, casinos and discos will remain closed.

Shops can open, along with hairdressers, beauticians and barbers. Face coverings must be worn.

You can read more about Level 2.

Level 1

Level 1 is the lowest level and has the fewest restrictions.

You can have 10 visitors to your home from up to 3 households.

You should continue to work from home if possible. You can go to work if there is staggered attendance arrangements in place or for specific business requirements.

People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should use their judgement on how much they interact with others.

Apart from protective measures that apply to individual sectors, there are no restrictions on:

  • Travel within Ireland
  • Schools and childcare services (protective measures must remain in place)
  • Outdoor play areas
  • Nursing and care homes

Public transport can operate with reduced capacity.

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 50 people can meet outdoors at organised events that are not covered by other specific guidance.

Up to 100 people can go to a wedding.

Up to 100 people can go to organised indoor events (including sporting events), or up to 200 in larger venues. Specific guidance will be developed for individual sectors.

Up to 200 can go to organised outdoor events (including sporting events), or up to 500 can go top outdoor stadiums with a minimum capacity of 5000. For very large stadiums and outdoor venues, specific guidance will be developed by individual sectors.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions can open with social distancing in place. Maximum numbers depend on the size of the venue.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Normal sports training sessions can take place and gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open with protective measures.

Religious services and funerals

Up to 50 can attend religious services including funerals. If the premises can safely hold more than 50, this may be permitted if protective measures are in place.

Shops and business

Bars, cafes, hotels and restaurants can open with protective measures in place. This includes wet pubs (pubs that do not serve food). Nightclubs, casinos and discos remain closed.

Shops can open, along with hairdressers, beauticians and barbers. Face coverings must be worn.

You can read more about Level 1.

Page edited: 19 January 2021