The difference between self-isolating and restricted movements

You must self isolate (stay in your room) when you:

Read about when you can stop self-isolating

You must restrict your movements (stay at home) when you:

  • are a close contact of COVID-19
  • live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19
  • arrive in Ireland from another country unless you're coming from a green or orange region or from Northern Ireland

Read about when you can stop restricting your movements

The following table shows how to self-isolate or restrict your movements.

Compare self-isolation and restricted movements
Differences Self-isolate Restrict your movements
Differences Where Self-isolate In a room on your own with a window you can open Restrict your movements At home or indoors
Differences Work or school Self-isolate Do not go to work or school. If you feel well, work or study in your room. Restrict your movements Do not go to work unless you work on your own. If you are an essential worker with no symptoms, talk to your employer.
Do not go to school.
Differences Outdoor exercise Self-isolate In your own outdoor space away from other people Restrict your movements By yourself, keeping 2 metres away from other people
Differences Going out Self-isolate Stay in your room as much as possible. Do not go out for anything other than fresh air or exercise. Restrict your movements Do not go to the shops or pharmacy. Order groceries online or have family or friends drop them off.
Differences Visits Self-isolate Do not have visitors at your home. Do not visit others. Restrict your movements Do not have visitors at your home. Do not visit others.
Differences People you live with Self-isolate Must restrict their movements and get a test for COVID-19 Restrict your movements Must restrict their movements if you get symptoms of COVID-19

Last updated: 20 July 2021 at 3.30pm