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If you are aged 50 to 69 you can now register to get a COVID-19 vaccine

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.
Read about the current government restrictions on gov.ie

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 gov.ie

Meeting people outdoors

Limit your social interactions as much as possible to keep yourself safe.

You can meet people in your garden from 3 other households or up to 6 people from multiple households.

The risk is generally much lower meeting people 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

No visitors are allowed inside your home except for:

  • essential family reasons
  • people in your support bubble

There is different advice for people who are fully vaccinated.

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

Fully vaccinated people

If you are fully vaccinated you can meet indoors with:

  • other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than 3 households present
  • unvaccinated people from 1 household as long as they are not at high risk from COVID-19 of severe illness and no more than 3 households are present

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: 10 May 2021 at 9am

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