COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland

Introduction

'Resilience and Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead’ is a revised plan for living with COVID-19.

The plan continues to use 5 levels of restriction that correspond to the severity of COVID-19 in a location.

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 currently on Level 5.

Two households can meet outdoors, away from their gardens.

You can travel within your county or within 20km of your home.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can meet with another fully vaccinated person indoors. You are fully vaccinated:

  • 15 days after the second AstraZenaca dose
  • 7 days after the second Pfizer-BioNtech dose
  • 14 days after the second Moderna dose

Schools and childcare services have fully reopened.

Restrictions on travel to Ireland are in place. If you travel to Ireland from certain countries you have to pay for mandatory hotel quarantine.

If you have lost your job or been laid off without pay, you can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This has been extended until 30 June 2021.

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

Changes to COVID-19 restrictions from 12 April 2021

Some restrictions changed on 12 April, and further changes are expected later in April depending on public health advice.

From 12 April 2021:

  • Two households can meet outdoors, away from their gardens
  • You can travel within your county or within 20km of your home
  • Construction work can begin again on residential units, schools and childcare facilities

From 19 April 2021:

  • Training for adult inter-county GAA teams can take place
  • High performance athletics, approved by Sport Ireland, can resume

From 26 April 2021:

  • Outdoor sport facilities can reopen, including golf courses and tennis courts.
  • Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen, including zoos and heritage sites but not amusement parks.
  • Outdoor underage non-contact sports training can start again in pods of up to 15
  • Funerals can have 25 people in attendance

A further review of restrictions will take place on 4 May 2021 and the following will be considered:

  • Full reopening of construction activity
  • Phased return of non-essential retail and outdoor retail, for example: garden centres/nurseries
  • Restart of personal services (like hairdressers) on a staggered basis
  • Reopening of museums, galleries and libraries
  • Restart of religious services on a staggered basis

Level 5

Ireland is currently at Level 5.

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 (away from your gardens). You should continue to practice social distancing.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can meet with another fully vaccinated person indoors. Both people must have been fully vaccinated for 2 weeks.

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:

  • Schools have fully reopened from 12 April 2021.
  • Creches and childcare services fully reopened on 29 March 2021.
  • People over 70 and people who are at very high risk and are not fully vaccinated, 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. Two visits per week are allowed if at least 8 out of 10 residents have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks.
  • Public transport can operate with capacity restricted to 25%.

Domestic travel

You can travel within your county or within 20km of your home. You should only travel outside of this area if you have a ‘reasonable excuse’ for doing so.

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, horse-racing and greyhound racing behind closed doors. Training for adult inter-county GAA can resume, not including under-20s or minors competitions.

High performing athletes can resume training.

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 accommodation 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. Two visits per week are allowed if at least 8 out of 10 residents have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks.
  • 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. Two visits per week are allowed if at least 8 out of 10 residents have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks.
  • 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 April 2021