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This advice is for babies and children up to the end of secondary school, usually the age of 18.

Keep your child at home

If your child has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, lives with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has been abroad, do not send them to school or childcare.

They will need to restrict their movements (stay at home) for 14 days, even if they feel well.

They can stop restricting their movements when both apply:

  • They have a negative test (COVID-19 not detected) 10 days after they were last in contact with the person who tested positive.
  • They do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Read more about when you should keep your child at home, including what to do if they have symptoms.

If your child is a close contact of COVID-19

If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 and is a close contact of someone who has tested positive:

Follow the advice for children who have symptoms of COVID-19.

If your child is a close contact and has no symptoms of COVID-19 they should:

They can stop restricting their movements if they:

  • have a negative test (COVID-19 not detected) 10 days after your last contact with the person who tested positive
  • do not have any symptoms of COVID-19

The people they live with, including their brothers and sisters, do not need to restrict their movements.

If your child is a close contact and they develop symptoms, isolate them from other people, phone your GP and restrict your movements. Everyone they live with should also restrict their movements.

Read advice about children and testing, including when your child may need two tests.

Read advice on what to do if your child is a close contact of COVID-19 in school.

If your child is living with someone who may have COVID-19

Your child will need to restrict their movements.

If your child develops symptoms, isolate them from other people and phone your GP.

If your child has been abroad

Your child will need to restrict their movements for 14 days if they have just returned from a country overseas.

This means they should stay at home and not go to school, even if they feel well. They do not need to see a GP unless they develop symptoms.

Everyone your child travelled with should also restrict their movements for 14 days.

There is different advice for close contacts of travellers from high risk countries

Read travel advice for people coming into Ireland on gov.ie

Related topics

School and COVID-19

If your child has symptoms

Protecting your child from COVID-19

Last updated: 23 February 2021 at 11.15am

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