What restrictions have been lifted in Phase Three?

29th of June marks the beginning of the third phase of lifting COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland
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Ireland has now entered Phase Three of easing the COVID-19 restrictions which have been in place across the country. It is important to remember that although many of the restrictions have been lifted, COVID-19 is still present in Ireland. Practicing social distancing where possible, wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands will help to continue to protect yourself and those around you. It is also still recommended that anyone who can work from home should continue to work from home wherever possible.

What restrictions have been lifted as part of Phase Three in Ireland?

Travel in Ireland 

From the 29th of June you can now travel anywhere within the island of Ireland, as there are no longer any travel restrictions in place for the island. Tourist travel to offshore islands, such as the Aran islands, is also allowed.

Travelling on public transport 

  • It is currently recommended that you walk or cycle where possible if you need to go somewhere
  • On public transport social distancing will still be in place which will limit the number of people allowed on
  • Public transport is still only allowed for essential journeys and it is recommended that people avoid peak-time travel
  • It is now mandatory, which means that you have to do it, to wear a face mask on public transport
  • Tour, event and private bus use, and vehicle hire is now also allowed

International travel

Hospitality industry 

  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs that can serve food are now allowed to reopen
  • Hotels, hostels, caravan parks and holiday parks are also allowed to reopen
  • Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people when conducted in line with public health advice are allowed
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people when conducted in line with public health advice are also allowed

Education and childcare 

  • All adult education facilities, creches, childminding facilities and pre-schools can reopen 
  • Summer camps, youth clubs and all indoor and outdoor facilities for children are also allowed to reopen

Businesses that can reopen

The following are allowed to reopen:

  • Wellbeing services, for example: chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology and homoeopathy
  • Hairdressers, barbers, nail and brow salons, beauty salons, spas, make-up application services, tanning, tattooing and piercing services
  • Driving schools
  • All remaining retail (for example, bookmakers), services and commercial activities
  • Driving tests as well as volunteer and other driving services can start again


Sporting activities are allowed to begin again, including:

  • team leagues for adults and children
  • close contact sports
  • organised sporting spectator events and fixtures
  • indoor gyms and exercise facilities
  • yoga, pilates and dance studios
  • sports clubs and public swimming pools
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