Easing of Restrictions

An Taoiseach outlined the next steps in our recovery plan on Friday May 28th. Measures will continue to be in place to support the recovery and an Economic Recovery Plan to chart a course through the summer and beyond will be published next week. The Plan will set out a new phase of supports, investment and policies for economic recovery, providing clarity for businesses and employees by setting out the next steps for the emergency pandemic supports, with a focus on opportunities for sustainable growth and job creation. 

From 2nd June:

  1. Accommodation services including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels can reopen. Services including leisure facilities, indoor restaurant and bar services must be restricted to overnight guests/residents only.

From 7th June:

  • The numbers permitted at organised outdoor events can increase to a maximum of 100 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 200 for outdoor stadia/venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5000. 
  • Cinemas and theatres can reopen.
  • Partial re-opening of Driver Theory Test Services (25,000 tests per month with related incremental opening of driver test centres).
  • Visiting indoors in private homes – visitors from one other household are permitted for unvaccinated households.
  • The numbers of guests attending wedding celebration/reception can increase to 25.
  • Outdoor sports matches can recommence. 
  • Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres can reopen for individual training only.
  • Outdoor services in restaurants and bars can recommence.

From 5th July:

Subject to maintaining progress with the virus, the following measures will come into effect.

  • Increased numbers permitted to meet indoors in private homes in line with Level 2 of the Framework – up to 3 households.
  • Number of guests permitted at wedding receptions/celebrations increased to 50.
  • Organised indoor events can recommence, permitting a maximum of 50 attendees at the majority of venues in pods/groups of up to 6, with arrangements to ensure no intermingling of groups.  Max of 100 in larger venues where strict 2 metre seated social distancing and one-way controls for entry and exit can be implemented (includes business, training, conferences, events in theatres and other Arts events).
  • The numbers permitted at outdoor organised events can further increase to a maximum of 200 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 500 for outdoor stadia/venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5000. 
  • Indoor training, exercise and dance activities can recommence in pods of up to 6.
  • Return of indoor services in restaurants and bars.

From 19th July:

Current Government advice is to avoid non-essential international travel.  Subject to prevailing public health situation, from 19 July this will change to travel safely and in accordance with public health guidance and restrictions. From that date also, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA.

For more information click Gov.ie