Plan for living with COVID-19

Introduction

The Government has published ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020 – 2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’. This plan replaces the previous Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. The Plan is a framework for managing COVID-19 over the next 6 months.

The plan sets out 5 levels that correspond to the severity of COVID-19 in a location. It is possible for different levels to be in place in different locations in the country. You can find out more about how the level in each location is decided.

Level 2 restrictions currently apply to most counties. Level 3 restrictions are in place in Dublin from midnight on 18 September 2020, and Donegal from midnight on 25 September 2020.

You can check gov.ie for more information for the restrictions that apply in Dublin and Donegal.

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 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 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. Read more about cocooning.

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.

Level 2

Most of Ireland is currently at level 2. Dublin is at level 3 from midnight 18 September 2020 and Donegal is at level 3 from midnight 25 September 2020.

You can have visitors to your home from one other household only, or up to 6 visitors to your home from up to 3 other households. You can meet socially outdoors in groups of up to 15 people from up to 3 households.

At level 2, the Government can restrict visitor numbers further depending on public health advice for the county or area.

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. Read more about cocooning.

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 3

Dublin is currently at level 3. Donegal is at level 3 from midnight 25 September 2020.

You can have a maximum of 6 visitors to your home from 1 other household only. This may be reduced further in line with public health advice for the area. You should not meet socially in other settings.

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. For the weekend of 26 and 27 September 2020, residents of Donegal can travel outside their county to attend weddings.
  • 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. Read more about cocooning .
  • Visits to nursing and care homes are suspended except 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. In Donegal, up to 50 can attend a wedding that takes place on 26 September or 27 September 2020. Residents of Donegal can travel outside their county to attend a wedding this on 26/27 September 2020. Residents of other counties can travel to Donegal to attend a wedding on those dates also.

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 (including sporting events).

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions must close.

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.

Religious services and funerals

Religious services are online only. Places of worship remain open for private prayer. Up to 25 can attend funerals (this comes into effect in Donegal from 28 September 2020).

Shops and business

Bars, cafes, and restaurants can open with additional restrictions. In Dublin, while level 3 restrictions are in place, pubs that serve food and restaurants can remain open for take-away, delivery and outdoor dining for a maximum of 15 people. 'Wet' pubs must remain closed in Dublin.

In Donegal, while level 3 restrictions are in place, wet pubs, pubs that serve food and restaurants can remain open for take-away, delivery and outdoor dining for a maximum of 15 people.

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 4

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

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. Read more about cocooning .
  • Visits to nursing and care homes are suspended 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.

Essential retail services can stay open, and those that mainly operate outdoors. The rest must close.

You can read more about Level 4.

Level 5

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

Only essential workers should go to work.

In addition:

  • You should stay at home and not travel beyond 5 kilometres of your home.
  • 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. Read more about cocooning .
  • Visits to nursing and care homes are suspended 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.

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

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions must close.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms and leisure centres are closed.

Religious services and funerals

Religious services are online only. Places of worship remain open for private prayer. Up to 10 can attend funerals.

Shops and business

Bars, cafes, and restaurants can open for take away services only. Hotels only open for those with essential travel purposes.

Only essential retail services should open.

You can read more about Level 5.

Page edited: 25 September 2020