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Last updated: 25 September 2020 at 3.55pm

You are advised to restrict your movements for 14 days if you:

  • are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  • live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, but you feel well
  • arrive into Ireland from a country that is not on the COVID-19 green list - this list is reviewed regularly based on advice from officials including public health experts and will be updated if needed

If you are a close contact of a confirmed case you have to restrict your movements for 14 days even if your test comes back negative. This is because it can take up to 14 days for the virus to show up in your system after you have been exposed to it.

If you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19

Restrict your movements, even if you feel well.

The person who has symptoms should behave as if they have COVID-19 and:

The person you live with may be referred for a test for COVID-19.

If their test is positive you will become a close contact

If their test is negative, you no longer need to restrict your movements. Continue to follow the advice to protect yourself and others.

How to restrict your movements

Restricting your movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.


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.

Do not meet face-to-face with older people, anyone with a long-term medical condition or pregnant women.

You can still go outside to exercise by yourself as long as you keep 2 metres distance from other people.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms

Self-isolate and phone your GP if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Other people you live with will need to restrict their movements.

Read more about self-isolation

Find out when you should call your GP to be assessed for a test 

Related topics

Close contacts and casual contacts

If you live with other people and are self-isolating

Contact tracing 

Treat COVID-19 symptoms at home

Travel advice from the Government

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