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Do not have visitors to your home unless it is essential for your care. If you live alone or need support, you can form a support bubble with another household.

Follow your GP's or doctor's advice if you have a condition that means you should not meet other people.

Restrictions are still in place to protect us from COVID-19.
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Support bubbles

People who are living alone or parenting alone can pair with one other household in a ‘support bubble’.

You can visit the home of those in your support bubble and they can visit your home. You can also meet outdoors and in places other than the home.

Read more about support bubbles on

Meeting people outdoors

Limit your social interactions as much as possible to keep yourself safe. You can meet with one other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park.

The risk is generally much lower outdoors than indoors.

If you meet people outdoors you should:

  • only meet for very short periods of time
  • keep a distance of 2 metres between you and other people
  • wash your hands when you get back home

Meeting people indoors

If you have to meet with someone indoors, you should both wear a face covering.

People should not meet with you if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

The people you meet should:

If you meet someone in your home, clean all surfaces they have been in contact with after they leave. Use your usual household cleaning products and detergents.

Visiting someone

If you need to visit someone else's home for essential reasons, tell them in advance that you are coming.

Make sure that no one in the household is unwell with symptoms of COVID-19.

Stay 2 metres away from other people and wash your hands when you get home.

Advice for carers who visit you

You should still see people who provide essential support to you. These include healthcare workers, people who provide personal support and social carers.

They can still visit you if they do not have any symptoms.

When they visit, they need to:

  • wash their hands when they arrive
  • wash their hands often when they are in your home
  • try to stay 2 metres away from you, if possible

If a carer develops symptoms

If a carer develops symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be able to care for you while they are unwell. They should contact their GP immediately.

If they test positive for COVID-19, they should stay away until both the following apply to them:

  • they have had 5 days with no fever
  • it has been 10 days since their symptoms first appeared

Contact the person who arranged your care to arrange another carer.

Make a list of people who can help with your care if your main carer becomes unwell.

Family Carers Ireland has a range of COVID-19 supports and guides for carers. These include an Emergency Care Plan Booklet (PDF, 781kb, 10 pages).

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Last updated: 30 November at 10.50pm

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