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Last updated: 26 May 2020 at 4.10pm

Everybody in Ireland has been asked to stay at home. You should only go out for a few reasons, such as shopping for food.

But you need to restrict your movements further if you:

  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, but you feel well
  • are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus

Close contact

This is only a guide but close contact can mean:

  • spending more than 15 minutes of face-to-face contact within 2 metres of an infected person in any setting
  • living in the same house or shared accommodation as an infected person

If you are a close contact you should restrict your movements. This means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

This will last until 14 days after the last time you came into contact with the person who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Contact tracing

You may be contacted by our contact tracing team if you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus. 

Read more about contact tracing.

How to restrict your movements

Follow the advice for everybody - stay at home.

You can still go outside to exercise briefly by yourself. Stay within 5 kilometres of your home, keeping 2 metres distance from other people.

Keep away from older people, anyone with long-term medical conditions and pregnant women.


Do not go to work.

Do not use public transport.

Do not have visitors at your home

Do not visit others, even if you usually care for them.

Do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless it's absolutely necessary - where possible, order your groceries online or have some family or friends drop them off.

If you develop coronavirus symptoms

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate. Other people you live with will need to restrict their movements.

Read more about self-isolation.

Find out how to get tested for coronavirus

If you live with someone who has coronavirus symptoms

If someone you live with develops symptoms of coronavirus, they should behave as if they have coronavirus and self-isolate immediately. They should call their GP for advice.

Even if you feel well, you should restrict your movements for 14 days.

The person you live with may be referred for a test for coronavirus. If their test is positive you will need to continue to restrict your movements. If this test is negative, you should continue to follow the advice for everyone - stay at home as much as possible.

Living with someone who is a confirmed close contact

You may be at risk of catching coronavirus if you are living with a confirmed close contact and they become unwell.

If they get coronavirus, you will become a close contact. This means you will have to restrict your movements.

You can greatly reduce your risk of catching coronavirus by:

If you are not a close contact

If you are not a close contact and you are feeling well, you do not need to restrict your movements. You should follow the advice about protecting yourself and others from coronavirus.

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