Restrictions are still in place to protect us from COVID-19.
Read about the current government restrictions on gov.ie
wash your hands properly and often with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser
keep at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) away from people you do not live with (social distancing)
cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve
put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
wear a face covering in public indoor spaces
let fresh air into your home by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible
clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that other people touch
avoid crowded places where you cannot keep 2 metres apart from other people
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
do not share objects that touch your mouth, for example, bottles or cups
do not shake hands or make close contact with other people, if possible
do not wear disposable gloves instead of washing your hands - your hands can get contaminated when you take them off
People at higher risk from COVID-19
Take extra care to protect yourself from COVID-19 if you are at higher risk from the virus and have not been fully vaccinated.
Meeting people in your home
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.
Open windows and wear a face covering
If you have to meet with people indoors:
- everyone should both wear a face covering
- let fresh air into your home by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible
Even opening a window a small amount will make a difference. The virus spreads easiest in indoor places with poor ventilation. If there is no fresh air to move the virus away, it will stay in the air or land on surfaces
Meeting people outdoors
Outdoor organised events can take place with up to 15 people.
In your garden you can meet with:
- up to 2 other households, or
- 6 people from multiple households
This limit of 6 people does not include children aged 12 or younger.
Wear a face covering if you meet people in busy outdoor spaces.
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.
You can also meet unvaccinated people from 1 household. This is as long as no more than 3 households are present. Do not meet up with anyone who is unvaccinated and is at high risk from COVID-19.
People who are living alone or parenting alone can pair with one other household for support. This is called a 'support bubble'.
You can visit the home of those in your support bubble and they can visit your home.
When not to meet other people
You should not meet someone else if you:
Check with people before you meet them to make sure they are symptom-free and feeling well.
Use the COVID Tracker app
COVID Tracker is a free and easy-to-use mobile phone app that can:
- alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
- alert other app users that you were in close contact with if you test positive for COVID-19
The app is part of our contact tracing operation. Contact tracing is vital to slowing the spread of the virus. The more people that download and use the app, the more it will help contact tracing.
Last updated: 16 May 2021 at 2.25pm