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What are the current COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland?

What are the current COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland?

Keep up to date with all the current COVID-19 regulations in Ireland


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Over the coming months, Ireland will need to learn to live alongside COVID-19. This means that we will all need to continue to change the things we do in our daily lives in order to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. This is to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.

The Government has created five different levels of response to COVID-19. As the number of cases rise and fall, the country will move from one level to another, telling us what kinds of restrictions we need to follow and what extra precautions we should take.

COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 plan

The Government has announces phased easing of public health restrictions from the 12th of April, 2021. The planned lifting of restrictions is part of the government's COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 plan. These lesser restrictions will only come into place if COVID-19 levels in the country do not begin to rise again. 

Now, if you have received the second dose of the vaccine more than 2 weeks ago, you can meet with other fully vaccinated people from 1 other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 2 metres apart. If you have received the second dose, you have to wait 2 weeks until you can meet other fully vaccinated people indoors.

What level is my county currently at?

Find out which level your county is at and find out what restrictions are in place for you.

Local restrictions

In certain circumstances, the Government will place additional restrictions on certain areas, depending on the case levels in those areas. This could mean the county, city or local area is at a different level to the rest of the country, or that they are at the same level as everywhere else with just a few additional restrictions.

Level 1 restrictions

Level 1 is activated when there are fewer cases of COVID-19 in the area, with isolated outbreaks and low transmission.

Some areas may have additional restrictions on top of this.

Can I see my friends?

How many people you can meet up with depends on whether you are inside or outside.

  • A maximum of ten people can visit your home or garden, from up to three other households
  • Outside of your home, you can meet up to 50 people (unless specific guidance recommends a lower or higher number)

Are house parties allowed?

Due to the restrictions on gatherings inside the home, having a house party with a large number of people is not allowed. You can only have a maximum of ten people from up to three other households in your home right now.

Can I go to events?

For the most part, it is possible to go to events both indoors and outdoors, with some restrictions in place.

Can I go to the cinema?

Seeing a movie at the cinema is considered a controlled indoor event, which means you can go to the cinema right now. The same is true for events in theatres like plays or small music gigs. These events will have to follow the guidelines for organised indoor gatherings.

Organised indoor gatherings

If you’re attending an organised indoor event, here are the restrictions you can expect:

  • Up to 100 people are permitted at organised indoor gatherings
  • Up to 200 people can attend organised indoor events in larger venues where strict social distancing measures can be applied (including 2 metre distancing between seats and one-way systems)

Organised outdoor gatherings

An outdoor gathering that has been arranged by an event organiser, such as an arts or training event, these are the measures in place:

  • Up to 200 people can attend organised outdoor gatherings
  • Up to 500 people can attend if the outdoor venue normally has capacity for 5,000 people, so long as there are strict protective measures in place

What are the current restrictions on weddings?

Up to 100 people can currently attend a wedding ceremony and reception.

Can I attend religious services?

Up to 50 people can attend religious services, and there will need to be special measures in place, including social distancing and one-way systems.

Can I play sports?

The current measures allow people to train and both play in and attend matches.

Can I train?

Training can take place as normal both indoors and outdoors, with protective measures in place.

Can I go to a match?

If you’d like to attend a match or another sporting event, the following restrictions are in place:

  • Up to 100 people can watch a match inside
  • Up to 200 people can watch a match outside
  • Up to 500 people can watch a match outside in stadiums where there is normally capacity for 5,000 people

Can I go to the gym?

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can all remain open, so long as there are protective measures in place.

Visiting restaurants and pubs

It is currently possible to go to restaurants and to go to pubs, but there will need to be measures in place.

Are restaurants open?

Restaurants, cafés and coffee shops are all currently open, but they will have limited seating available due to social distancing measures.

Are pubs open?

Pubs are open with strict protective measures in place.

Are nightclubs open?

All nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

Can I travel?

There are currently no limits on travelling within Ireland, and hotels and other forms of accommodation are open provided there are protective measures in place.

It is currently not advised to do any unnecessary travel outside of Ireland, even if the country you’re planning on travelling to is on the green list.

Can I take public transport?

Public transport is in operation but you will need to wear a face covering. The capacity is limited, and everyone is asked to avoid peak hours if possible.

It is encouraged to walk or cycle where possible.

What retail and services are open?

Shops, shopping centres, supermarkets, and services like hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons are all open. Cultural centres like museums and galleries are also open.

All of these businesses will need to have protective measures in place, and you will need to wear a face mask to attend.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

In Ireland, it is currently mandatory to wear a face mask in shops and when attending services like the hairdresser, barber, salons, cinema, libraries, theatres, bookies, and other retail services.

It is also mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport. Refusing to wear a face mask in any of these places could lead to a fine or imprisonment. Find out more about the rules around face masks in Ireland.

School, college and work

If you are in school, college or you are working, it's good to be aware of the current measures in place.

Are schools and colleges open?

Schools and colleges are open, but there will need to be protective measures in place.

Can I work from my office?

It is recommended to work from home if possible. If you would like to go into the office, you can do so for specific business requirements, and your attendance will need to be staggered to avoid too many people in the office at once.

Are childcare facilities open?

Childcare facilities like creches, childminding and pre-schools are open with protective measures in place. Outdoor playgrounds and play areas are also still open.

Level 2 restrictions

At Level 2, most services can stay open, but we will need to limit the amount of people we come into close contact with.

Some areas may have additional restrictions on top of this.

Can I see my friends?

How many people you can meet up with depends on whether you are inside or outside.

  • You can have a maximum of six visitors in your home or garden from one other household only
  • Outside of your home, you can meet a maximum of six other people in indoor settings
  • Outside of your home or garden, you can meet up to 15 people from up to three other households

Are house parties allowed?

Due to the restrictions on gatherings inside the home, having a house party with a large number of people is not allowed. You can only have a maximum of six people from up to three other households in your home right now.

Can I go to events?

For the most part, it is possible to go to events both indoors and outdoors, with some restrictions in place.

Can I go to the cinema?

Seeing a movie at the cinema is considered a controlled indoor event, which means you can go to the cinema right now. The same is true for events in theatres like plays or small music gigs. These events will have to follow the guidelines for organised indoor gatherings.

Organised indoor gatherings

If you’re attending an organised indoor event, here are the restrictions you can expect:

  • Up to 50 people are permitted at organised indoor gatherings
  • People can attend in groups of up to 6 people, and there will need to be arrangements in place to avoid people from different groups mingling
  • Up to 100 people can attend organised indoor events in larger venues where strict social distancing measures can be applied (including 2 metre distancing between seats and one-way systems)

Organised outdoor gatherings

An outdoor gathering that has been arranged by an event organiser, such as an arts or training event, these are the measures in place:

  • Up to 100 people can attend organised outdoor gatherings
  • Up to 200 people can attend if the outdoor venue normally has capacity for 5,000 people, so long as there are strict protective measures in place

What are the current restrictions on weddings?

Up to 50 people can currently attend a wedding ceremony and reception.

What are the current restrictions on funerals?

Up to 50 mourners can currently attend a funeral.

Can I play sports?

The current measures allow people to train and both play in and attend matches.

Can I train?

Training can take place both indoors and outdoors.

  • Outdoor training can take place in pods of up to 15 people
  • Indoor training, exercise and dance classes can take place in pods of up to six people

There are exemptions to these measures for professional athletes, elite athletes, and inter-county sports or senior club championship teams.

Can I go to a match?

If you’d like to attend a match or another sporting event, the following restrictions are in place:

  • Up to 100 people can watch a match outside
  • Up to 50 people can watch a match inside
  • Up to 200 people can watch a match in stadiums where there is normally capacity for 5,000 people

Can I go to the gym?

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can all remain open, so long as there are protective measures in place.

Visiting restaurants and pubs

It is currently possible to go to restaurants and to go to pubs, but there will need to be measures in place.

Are restaurants open?

Restaurants, cafés and coffee shops are all currently open, but they will have limited seating available due to social distancing measures.

If you want to go to a restaurant, keep in mind that current restrictions mean you can attend in a group of up to six people from up to three different households. 

Are pubs open?

Pubs will be reopening in Ireland on 21 September, and they will need to have strict protective measures in place.

If you want to go to a pub, keep in mind that current restrictions mean you can attend in a group of up to six people from up to three different households.

Are nightclubs open?

All nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

Can I travel?

There are currently no limits on travelling within Ireland, and hotels and other forms of accommodation are open provided there are protective measures in place.

It is currently not advised to do any unnecessary travel outside of Ireland, even if the country you’re planning on travelling to is on the green list.

Can I take public transport?

Public transport is in operation but you will need to wear a face covering. The capacity is limited to 50%, and everyone is asked to avoid peak hours to provide space for essential workers or those making essential journeys.

It is encouraged to walk or cycle where possible.

What retail and services are open?

Shops, shopping centres, supermarkets, and services like hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons are all open. Cultural centres like museums and galleries are also open.

All of these businesses will need to have protective measures in place, and you will need to wear a face mask to attend.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

In Ireland, it is currently mandatory to wear a face mask in shops and when attending services like the hairdresser, barber, salons, cinema, libraries, theatres, bookies, and other retail services.

It is also mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport. Refusing to wear a face mask in any of these places could lead to a fine or imprisonment. Find out more about the rules around face masks in Ireland.

School, college and work

If you are in school, college or you are working, it's good to be aware of the current measures in place.

Are schools and colleges open?

Schools and colleges are open, but there will need to be protective measures in place.

Can I work from my office?

It is recommended to work from home if possible. You should only go into the office for essential on-site meetings or inductions and training.

Are childcare facilities open?

Childcare facilities like creches, childminding and pre-schools are open with protective measures in place. Outdoor playgrounds and play areas are also still open.

Level 3 restrictions

In Level 3, more restrictions are introduced, but the priority is to keep schools and childcare facilities open, and reduce the impact on the workforce. Many services may move online at this level. You will also need to reduce your contacts and avoid travelling outside your county.

Some areas may have additional restrictions on top of this.

Can I see my friends or family?

How many people you can meet up with depends on whether you are inside or outside.

Christmas restrictions

From 18th December - 6th January, special measures are in place for the Christmas period. These measures are subject to change by Government, depending on the level of cases in the country.  

From the 18th of December you are allowed to have visitors to your home from a maximum of two different households. During this time you can travel anywhere in Ireland. This rule is in place until 6th of January 2021. Find out more about Christmas restrictions and how to limit the spread of the virus. 

At home

No visitors are allowed to your home or garden, except for anyone in your support bubble.

What are support bubbles?

"Bubbles" are for people who risk experiencing isolation, people who co-parent or have shared custody arrangements, people who live alone who experience mental health difficulties and people living with a partner with dementia. In these situations you are allowed to choose one other household that you can mix with.

For example:

  • If you have a child but do not live with the child's other parent, you are allowed to visit their parent's house to help manage co-parenting
  • If you live alone but experience mental health difficulties you can choose one other household, such as your parent's home, to visit

Once you have picked a certain household you are only allowed to visit them.

Outdoors

Up to six people from a maximum of two households can meet in outdoor settings away from your home or garden while maintaining strict physical distancing. It is recommended you wear a face covering if you are in a crowded area outdoors.

Are house parties allowed?

Due to the restrictions on gatherings inside the home, having a house party is not allowed. You are not allowed to have any visitors to your home outside of your support bubble.

Can I go to events?

There are changes to indoor and outdoor events in Level 3.

Can I go to the cinema?

Cinemas will be open, but with protective measures in place.

Organised indoor gatherings

Organised indoor gatherings such as business or training events, events in theatres or other arts events are not currently permitted.

Organised outdoor gatherings

Organised events taking place outside with an event organiser or manager, such as outdoor arts events or training events, can have up to 15 people attending.

It is recommended you wear a face covering if you are in a crowded area outdoors.

What are the current restrictions on weddings?

Up to 25 people can currently attend a wedding ceremony and reception.

What are the current restrictions on funerals?

Up to 25 mourners can currently attend a funeral.

Can I attend religious services?

Places of worship will be open, with a maximum of 50 people allowed at a time. It is recommended you wear a face covering.

Can I play sports?

There are some restrictions around training, and no matches can take place.

Can I train?

  • Outdoor training can only take place for non-contact sports in pods of up to 15
  • Indoors, individual training can take place only, which means no dance or exercise classes

There are exemptions to these measures for professional athletes, elite athletes, and inter-county sports or senior club championship teams.

Can I go to a match?

No matches or events can take place either indoors or outdoors.

The exception to this rule is in place professional athletes, elite athletes, and inter-county sports or club championship teams, and horse racing which can all take place behind closed doors.

Can I go to the gym?

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools will be open for individual training only, so long as there are protective measures in place.

Visiting restaurants and pubs

It is currently possible to go to restaurants and to go to pubs, but there will need to be measures in place.

Are restaurants and pubs open?

Restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants (serving a substantial meal) can open for indoor dining from 4th December 2020. There will be additional restrictions in place, including social distancing between tables and a maximum number of six people per table.

'Wet pubs' (pubs that sell alcohol but not food) can open for delivery and take-away only.

Are nightclubs open?

All nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

Can I travel?

There are some limits on travel within Ireland at this time.

Are hotels open?

Hotels are open, but services are limited to residents. Non-residents can use the restaurant.

Can I travel within Ireland?

Over the Christmas period certain exemptions will be put in place to allow people to spend more time together. These lesser restrictions will be in place from the 18th of December until the 6th of January 2021. During this time you can travel anywhere in Ireland. These measures are subject to change by Government, depending on the level of cases in the country.

You will need to stay within your county, apart from going to work or for education or other essential purposes. 

Overseas travel

It is currently not advised to do any unnecessary travel outside of Ireland.

Can I take public transport?

Public transport is in operation but you will need to wear a face covering. The capacity is limited to 50%, and everyone is asked to avoid peak hours to provide space for essential workers or those making essential journeys.

It is encouraged to walk or cycle where possible.

What retail and services are open?

Shops, shopping centres, supermarkets, and services like hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons are all open.

All of these businesses will need to have protective measures in place, and you will need to wear a face mask to attend.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

In Ireland, it is currently mandatory to wear a face mask in shops and when attending services like the hairdresser, barber, salons, cinema, libraries, theatres, bookies, and other retail services.

It is also mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport. Refusing to wear a face mask in any of these places could lead to a fine or imprisonment. Find out more about the rules around face masks in Ireland.

Museums, galleries and libraries

Museums, galleries and other cultural institutions will close during Level 3.

Libraries will be open for any online services, call and collect and in some locations browse and borrow. Contact your local library to find out what services are available.

School, college and work

If you are in school, college or you are working, it's good to be aware of the current measures in place.

Are schools and colleges open?

Schools are open, but there will need to be protective measures in place.

Colleges are asked to keep their activities mainly online.

Can I work from my office?

Work from home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go in person. It is recommended you wear a face covering in a crowded workplace.

Are childcare facilities open?

Childcare facilities like creches, childminding and pre-schools are open with protective measures in place. Outdoor playgrounds and play areas are also still open.

Level 4 restrictions

At Level 4, the Government is prioritising keeping schools and childcare facilities open. Only essential businesses will stay open and no visitors to homes or other social gatherings will be allowed.

Some areas may have additional restrictions on top of this.

Can I see my friends?

It is not possible to have visitors outside of your own household during Level 4.

No gatherings outside of your own home should take place during this time.

Are house parties allowed?

Due to the restrictions on gatherings inside the home, having a house party with a large number of people is not allowed. It is not possible to have visitors from outside your home at this time.

Can I go to events?

For the most part, it is possible to go to events both indoors and outdoors, with some restrictions in place.

Can I go to the cinema?

Seeing a movie at the cinema is considered a controlled indoor event, which is currently not permitted. This means you cannot go to the cinema during Level 4.

Organised indoor gatherings

Organised indoor gatherings such as business or training events, events in theatres or cinemas or other arts events (excluding sports) are not currently permitted.

Organised outdoor gatherings

Organised events taking place outside with an event organiser or manager, such as outdoor arts events or training events, can have up to 15 people attending.

What are the current restrictions on weddings?

Up to six people can currently attend a wedding ceremony and reception.

What are the current restrictions on funerals?

Up to 25 mourners can currently attend a funeral.

Can I attend religious services?

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

Can I play sports?

The current measures allow people to train and both play in and attend matches.

Can I train?

  • Outdoor training can only take place for non-contact sports in pods of up to 15
  • Indoors, individual training can take place only, which means no dance or exercise classes

Can I go to a match?

No matches or events can take place either indoors or outdoors.

The exception to this rule is in place professional athletes, elite athletes, and inter-county sports or club championship teams, and horse racing which can all take place behind closed doors.

Can I go to the gym?

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools will be closed.

Visiting restaurants and pubs

Restrictions for restaurants and pubs are now in place.

Are restaurants open?

Restaurants, cafés and coffee shops can open for take-away service. No indoor dining is allowed.

Outdoor dining is allowed for up to 15 people.

Are pubs open?

No indoor seating is allowed in pubs. Outdoor seating is limited to a max of 15 people.

Are nightclubs open?

All nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

Can I travel?

There are limits on travel within Ireland at this time.

Are hotels open?

Hotels are open, but only for existing guests and for those with essential, non-social and non-tourist reasons for travel.

Can I travel within Ireland?

You will need to stay within your county, apart from going to work or for education or other essential purposes. This means if you had a holiday within Ireland booked, it is no longer possible to take it.

Overseas travel

It is currently not advised to do any unnecessary travel outside of Ireland, even if the country you’re planning on travelling to is on the green list.

Can I take public transport?

Public transport is in operation but you will need to wear a face covering if you are taking it. The capacity is limited to 25%.

Everyone should avoid public transport - essential workers and those taking essential journeys should only take public transport.

It is encouraged to walk or cycle where possible.

What retail and services are open?

Only essential services are open at this time, such as local shops, supermarkets, and pharmacies.

All of these businesses will need to have protective measures in place, and you will need to wear a face mask to attend.

Can I go to the hairdresser or barber?

Hairdressers and barber shops are closed during Level 4.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

In Ireland, it is currently mandatory to wear a face mask in shops (and when attending services like the hairdresser, barber, salons, cinema, libraries, theatres, bookies, and other retail services, when these services are open).

It is also mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport. Refusing to wear a face mask in any of these places could lead to a fine or imprisonment. Find out more about the rules around face masks in Ireland.

Museums, galleries and libraries

All venues will be closed, including libraries, but online services are available.

School, college and work

If you are in school, college or you are working, it's good to be aware of the current measures in place.

Are schools and colleges open?

Schools are open, but there will need to be protective measures in place.

Colleges are asked to step up their protective measures and limit the number of people on campus further, with only those who need to be on campus for essential reasons allowed.

Can I work from my office?

Only essential workers should go into work, everyone else should work from home.

Are childcare facilities open?

Childcare facilities like creches, childminding and pre-schools are open with protective measures in place. Outdoor playgrounds and play areas are also still open.

Level 5 restrictions

Level 5 is the most restrictive level for COVID-19 measures. Level 5 means that the public health risk is high. 

Visitors to your home

Having visitors to your home is not currently permitted unless all people present meet the requirements of the vaccine bonus detailed below. 

Subject to the public health situation at the time, everyone will be permitted to have visitors from one other household inside their home from June 7th

What is the vaccine bonus? 

From May 10th, indoor private home visiting is permitted (without masks or social distancing) in the following cases:

  • Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than 3 households present
  • Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household, provided nobody is at risk of severe illness and no more than 3 households are present

Having visitors in your home is currently not allowed if you do not meet the requirements of the vaccine bonus above.

Are you allowed to have people in your garden?

From May 10th, a maximum of three households or six people from any number of households are allowed in your garden. This means you can have all of the members of three different households in your garden. Alternatively, you are permitted to have six visitors from separate households in your garden. This limit of six does not include their children aged 12 or younger. Make sure to continue practising social distancing and other protective measures even if you're outdoors.

Are house parties allowed?

Due to the restrictions on gatherings inside the home, having a house party is not allowed. 

Can I go to events?

Can I go to the cinema?

Cinemas are closed during Level 5. Preparation for the safe reopening of cinemas and theatres in June is being considered, with the decision subject to public health advice.

Organised indoor gatherings

Organised indoor gatherings such as business or training events, events in theatres or cinemas or other arts events (excluding sports) are not currently permitted.

Organised outdoor gatherings

Organised events taking place outside with an event organiser or manager, are not allowed at this time. From May 10th, organised outdoor gatherings with a maximum attendance of 15 people will be permitted. 

Masks should be worn in crowded outdoor spaces.

What are the current restrictions on weddings?

Up to 6 guests are currently permitted at weddings. From May 10th, 50 guests will be permitted at a wedding service (civil or religious). For wedding celebrations/receptions, a maximum of 6 people will be allowed at indoor gatherings and 15 people at outdoor gatherings from the same date.

From June 7th, the numbers of guests attending wedding celebrations/receptions can increase to 25.

What are the current restrictions on funerals?

Up to 25 mourners can currently attend a funeral. From May 10th, up to 50 mourners will be allowed to attend a funeral. Related events, either before or after, should not take place.

Can I attend religious services?

In-person religious services will recommence on May 10th. It is advised that other religious ceremonies such as Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time.

Can I play sports?

Can I train?

No indoor or outdoor group training activities can currently take place. You may meet with people from one other household, outdoors, when exercising, making sure to take precautions including social distancing.

From May 10th, outdoor training will be permitted with a maximum of 15 people per group.  

Can I go to a match?

No matches or events can currently take place either indoors or outdoors. Subject to public health advice, outdoor sports matches will resume on June 7th but spectators will not be allowed.

Can I go to the gym?

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools are currently closed. From June 7th, they can reopen for individual training only.

Are children's sport teams allowed? 

Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 is currently allowed.

Can professional sports be played? 

Training by GAA senior county teams and some high-performing athletes are currently allowed. Non-contact sports including tennis, golf and underage training are also currently allowed.

Visiting restaurants and pubs

Restrictions for restaurants and pubs are now in place.

Are restaurants open?

Restaurants and pubs serving food are currently open for take-away and delivery only. From June 7th, outdoor services in restaurants and bars can recommence, with groups limited to a maximum of 6 people.

Are pubs open?

'Wet pubs' (pubs that only serve alcohol but not food) are currently closed. From June 7th, outdoor services in restaurants and bars can recommence, with groups limited to a maximum of 6 people

Are nightclubs open?

All nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed until further notice.

Can I travel?

There are limits on travel within Ireland at this time.

Can I travel within Ireland?

You can now travel within your own county or within 20km of your home if crossing county boundaries. From May 10th, you can travel between counties in Ireland.

Who is exempt from the travel restrictions during Level 5? 

Essential purposes for travel during Level 5 include:

  • Travelling to and from work, where work involves providing an essential service such as
  • Healthcare worker
  • To attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products
  • For vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, and in particular for those who live alone, as part of an extended household but excluding social family visits
  • To attend a wedding or funeral
  • For farming purposes, ie. food production and/or care of animals
  • To visit a grave

Are hotels open?

Hotels are open only for essential purposes. You cannot currently stay in a hotel for social or tourist purposes. Subject to the public health situation at the time, hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels can reopen on June 2nd. Services such as leisure facilities, indoor restaurants and bar services must be restricted to overnight guests/ residents only.

Can I take public transport?

Public transport is in operation but you will need to wear a face covering if you are taking it. The capacity is limited to 25%. From May 10th, the capacity will increase to 50% of normal capacity.

It is encouraged to avoid public transport and drive, walk or cycle where possible.

Overseas travel

It is currently not advised to do any unnecessary travel outside of Ireland. Find out more about travelling during COVID-19.

What retail and services are open?

Shops and other services have different measures in place

Are shops open?

At present, only essential shops can remain open, such as supermarkets, local shops selling food and other essential supplies, and DIY stores. From May 10th, the phased reopening of non-essential retail will commence. Click and collect, in-store by appointment only, and outdoor retail can recommence from May 10th. All remaining retail can reopen from May 17th.

You must wear a face covering when inside a shop.

Can I go to the hairdresser or barber?

Hairdressers, barbers, and other personal grooming services will reopen to customers by appointment only on May 10th.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

In Ireland, it is currently mandatory to wear a face mask in shops (and when attending services like the hairdresser, barber, salons, cinema, libraries, theatres, bookies, and other retail services, when these services are open).

It is also mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport. Refusing to wear a face mask in any of these places could lead to a fine or imprisonment. Find out more about the rules around face masks in Ireland.

Museums, galleries and libraries

All venues will be closed, including libraries, but online services are available. From May 10th, galleries, museums, other cultural attractions can reopen. Libraries will also reopen for lending services only. There will be no access to reader spaces/PCs.

School, college and work

If you are in school, college or you are working, it's good to be aware of the current measures in place.

Are schools and colleges open?

Schools have reopened again fully in person.

Colleges are open, but activities will be continue to be carried out online. 

Can I work from my office

Construction workers and outdoor workers (for example, those who carry out window cleaning, maintenance work, etc.) can return to work. Subject to the further easing of restrictions on May 10th and June 7th, workers in reopening industries (e.g. retail, personal services, hospitality, outdoor training etc.) will be permitted to go to work.

Otherwise, everyone else should work from home.

Are childcare facilities open?

Childcare facilities and childminding services are currently closed, except for vulnerable children and children of essential workers. 

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Published June 8th2020
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