Meeting people if you're at very high risk from COVID-19

People at very high risk from COVID-19 who have been vaccinated can begin to meet other people indoors and outdoors. This is part of the 'vaccine bonus'.

Read more about meeting people if you've been vaccinated

If you have not been vaccinated

If you have not been vaccinated and are at high risk:

  • do not have visitors inside your home unless it is essential for your care
  • limit your social interactions as much as possible to keep yourself safe
  • form a support bubble with another household if you live alone or need support

In your garden, you can meet:

  • up to 3 households, or
  • 6 people from multiple households

This limit of 6 people does not include children aged 12 or younger.

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

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.

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

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).

Last updated: 14 May 2021 at 3.25pm