Restricted movement and self-isolation for COVID-19

Introduction

In certain circumstances, you may need to restrict your movements to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. In other circumstances, you may need to self-isolate.

Restricting your movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. You need to do this if you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 or if you live with someone who has symptoms. You may also need to restrict your movements if you travel from another country. Sometimes this is referred to as quarantining. Read more below about how and when you should restrict your movements.

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. This includes avoiding other people in your household as much as possible. You need to self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a positive test result. Read more below about how and when you should self-isolate.

If you are aged over 70, or you are at very high risk from COVID-19, read our information on cocooning.

Restricted movement

You will need to restrict your movements for 14 days if you:

  • Are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, but you feel well
  • Arrive into Ireland from a country that is not on the COVID-19 green list

You should restrict your movements for 14 days even if you receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

You should avoid contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. You should also avoid:

  • Going to work
  • Using public transport
  • Having visitors at your home
  • Visiting others, even if you usually provide care for them
  • Going to the shops or pharmacy, unless it's absolutely necessary
  • Meeting with older people, pregnant women or anyone with a long-term medical condition

For more information on restricting your movements visit hse.ie. Read more about COVID-19 and travelling to Ireland.

Self-isolation

You will need to self-isolate if:

  • You have COVID-19 symptoms or
  • You have a positive test result

You will need to self-isolate for at least 5 days after any fever and for at least 10 days after developing symptoms.

You should completely avoid contact with other people. You should also avoid:

  • Other people in your home, as much as you can
  • Going outside unless you have your own outdoor space
  • Going to work, school, religious services or public areas
  • Sharing items
  • Using public transport or taxis
  • Inviting visitors to your home

Visit hse.ie for further information about how to self-isolate, including what to do if you are living with other people and what to do if you are living alone. You can also read about how to care for someone who is self-isolating.

Page edited: 14 September 2020