Plan for living with COVID-19

Introduction

The ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020 – 2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’ is a framework for managing COVID-19 over the next 6 months.

This plan replaces the previous Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

The plan sets out 5 levels that correspond to the severity of COVID-19 in a location. Different levels can be in place in different locations in the country. You can find out more about how the level in each location is decided.

Level 1 is for locations where COVID-19 is the least severe and means that restrictions on the activities of people and businesses are at their lowest level. Level 5 is for locations where COVID-19 is most severe and means that restrictions on the activities of people and businesses are at their highest level.

Levels in place now

Level 3 restrictions currently apply to all counties except Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan.

  • Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan are at level 4
  • Further restriction on visiting homes and gardens are in place in counties that are on level 3

Level 5 will be in place from midnight on Wednesday, 21 October 2020

The Government has decided to place the whole of Ireland on level 5 in the 'Plan for Living with COVID-19' from midnight on Wednesday, 21 October 2020. Ireland will move to level 5 for 6 weeks with a review after 4 weeks.

The Taoiseach has also announced a new provision of support bubbles, where people who live alone or are isolated can pair with another household.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) will both be increased and the moratorium on evictions will be reinstated.

Level 5 means that you are asked to stay at home, with the exception of exercise within 5 kilometres of your home. There will be no social or family gatherings. You can meet with 1 other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park, including for exercise. Weddings can continue to have up to 25 people in attendance and up to 10 people can attend a funeral.

Only essential workers can travel to work and only essential retail and essential services can remain open. Construction and manufacturing can continue to operate. Read more in the Government press release on the decision.

Level 1

Level 1 is the lowest level and has the fewest restrictions.

You can have 10 visitors to your home from up to 3 households.

You should continue to work from home if possible. You can go to work if there is staggered attendance arrangements in place or for specific business requirements.

People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should use their judgement on how much they interact with others. Read more about cocooning.

Apart from protective measures that apply to individual sectors, there are no restrictions on:

  • Travel within Ireland
  • Schools and childcare services (protective measures must remain in place)
  • Outdoor play areas
  • Nursing and care homes

Public transport can operate with reduced capacity.

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 50 people can meet outdoors at organised events that are not covered by other specific guidance.

Up to 100 people can go to a wedding.

Up to 100 people can go to organised indoor events (including sporting events), or up to 200 in larger venues. Specific guidance will be developed for individual sectors.

Up to 200 can go to organised outdoor events (including sporting events), or up to 500 can go top outdoor stadiums with a minimum capacity of 5000. For very large stadiums and outdoor venues, specific guidance will be developed by individual sectors.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions can open with social distancing in place. Maximum numbers depend on the size of the venue.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Normal sports training sessions can take place and gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open with protective measures.

Religious services and funerals

Up to 50 can attend religious services including funerals. If the premises can safely hold more than 50, this may be permitted if protective measures are in place.

Shops and business

Bars, cafes, hotels and restaurants can open with protective measures in place. This includes wet pubs (pubs that do not serve food). Nightclubs, casinos and discos remain closed.

Shops can open, along with hairdressers, beauticians and barbers. Face coverings must be worn.

You can read more about Level 1.

Level 2

You can have visitors to your home from one other household only. You can meet socially outdoors in groups of up to 15 people from up to 3 households.

You should continue to work from home if possible. You can go to work if for essential on-site meetings, inductions and training.

People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should avoid public transport, shop during designated hours and limit their interactions to a small number of people. Read more about cocooning.

Apart from protective measures that apply to individual sectors, there are no restrictions on:

  • Travel within Ireland
  • Schools and childcare services (protective measures must remain in place)
  • Outdoor play areas

Nursing and care homes should follow advanced protective measures.

Public transport can operate with capacity reduced to 50%.

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 50 people can go to a wedding.

Up to 50 people can go to organised indoor events (including sporting events), or up to 100 in larger venues. Specific guidance will be developed for individual sectors.

Up to 100 can go to organised outdoor events (including sporting events), or up to 200 can go to outdoor stadiums with a minimum capacity of 5000. For very large stadiums and outdoor venues, specific guidance will be developed by individual sectors.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions can open with social distancing in place. Maximum numbers depend on the size of the venue.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Normal sports training sessions can take place and gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open with protective measures.

Religious services and funerals

Up to 50 can go to religious services, including funerals. If the premises can safely hold more than 50, this may be permitted if protective measures are in place.

Retail and business

Bars, cafes, hotels and restaurants can open with protective measures in place. Groups should be limited to 6 people from no more than 3 households. This includes wet pubs, pubs that do not serve food. Nightclubs, casinos and discos will remain closed.

Shops can open, along with hairdressers, beauticians and barbers. Face coverings must be worn.

You can read more about Level 2.

Level 3

Level 3 restrictions apply to all counties except Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan until midnight 21 October 2020. All counties will move to level 5 at midnight 21 October 2020.

You should not have visits to your home or garden unless it is for an essential reason, like providing care to a child or to an elderly or vulnerable person. Tradespeople can continue to go to people's homes, but should wear a face covering and keep their distance.

Up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet in other places while maintaining physical distancing.

You should continue to work from home unless it is absolutely necessary to attend in person.

In addition:

  • You should not travel outside your county.
  • Schools, creches and outdoor play areas remain open with restrictive measures in place.
  • People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should avoid public transport, shop during designated hours and limit their interactions to a small number of people. Read more about cocooning.
  • Visits to nursing and care homes are suspended except in critical and compassionate circumstances.
  • Public transport can operate with capacity restricted to 50%.

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 25 people can go to a wedding.

No organised indoor events should take place, except professional sports events that can take place behind closed doors.

Up to 15 can go to organised outdoor events (including sporting events).

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions must close.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Outdoor training sessions can take place in pods of up to 15 people. Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools remain open for individual training only.

Religious services and funerals

Religious services are online only. Places of worship remain open for private prayer.

Shops and business

Bars, cafes, and restaurants can open with additional restrictions. In Dublin, while level 3 restrictions are in place, pubs that serve food and restaurants can remain open for take-away, delivery and outdoor dining for a maximum of 15 people. 'Wet' pubs must remain closed in Dublin.

Outside of Dublin, while level 3 restrictions are in place, wet pubs, pubs that serve food and restaurants can remain open for take-away, delivery and outdoor dining for a maximum of 15 people.

Nightclubs, casinos and discos remain closed. Hotel services are limited to residents.

Shops can open, along with hairdressers, beauticians and barbers. Face coverings must be worn.

You can read more about Level 3.

Level 4

Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan are on level 4 until midnight 21 October 2020. From midnight 21 October 2020, all counties will move to level 5.

You cannot have visitors to your home. You should not meet socially in other settings.

Tradespeople can continue to go to people's homes, but should wear a face covering and keep their distance.

Only essential workers should go to work.

In addition:

  • You should not travel outside your county.
  • Schools, creches and outdoor play areas remain open with restrictive measures in place.
  • People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should avoid public transport, shop during designated hours and limit their interactions to a small number of people. Read more about cocooning .
  • Visits to nursing and care homes are suspended except in critical and compassionate circumstances.
  • Public transport can operate with capacity restricted to 25%.

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 6 people can attend a wedding.

No organised indoor events should take place.

Up to 15 can attend organised outdoor events.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions must close.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms and leisure centres are closed. No matches should take place, except professional sporting events that can be held behind closed doors. Non contact training can take place in pods of up to 15. Only individual training permitted indoors.

Religious services and funerals

Religious services are online only. Places of worship remain open for private prayer. Up to 25 can attend funerals.

Shops and business

Bars, cafes, and restaurants can open for take away services only or outdoor dining for up to 15 people. Wet pubs can serve drinks in outdoor areas to a maximum of 15 people. Hotel services are limited to residents.

Only essential shops and services will remain open.

You can read more about Level 4.

Level 5

All counties will move to level 5 from midnight on Wednesday, 21 October 2020. The following restrictions will be in place.

You cannot have visitors to your home. But if you live alone or are isolated, you can nominate another household to mix with. This is called a social bubble.

You can meet with 1 other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park, including for exercise.

Only essential workers should travel to work.

In addition:

  • You should stay at home and not travel beyond 5 kilometres of your home.
  • Schools, creches and outdoor play areas remain open with restrictive measures in place.
  • People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should avoid public transport, shop during designated hours and limit their interactions to a small number of people. Read more about cocooning .
  • Visits to nursing and care homes are suspended except in critical and compassionate circumstances.
  • Public transport can operate with capacity restricted to 25%.

Weddings, organised events and culture

Up to 25 people can attend a wedding.

No organised indoor events should take place.

No organised outdoor events, or sporting fixtures should take place, except for:

  • Non-contact training for school-aged children outdoor in pods of 15
  • Professional elite sports
  • Horse and greyhound racing
  • Inter-county Gaelic games

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions must close.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms and leisure centres are closed.

Religious services and funerals

Religious services are online only. Places of worship remain open for private prayer. Up to 10 can attend funerals.

Shops and business

Bars, cafes, and restaurants can open for take away services only. Wet pubs remain closed in Dublin.

Hotels are only open for people with essential travel purposes.

Only essential shops and services will remain open.

You can read more about Level 5.

Page edited: 16 October 2020