This post is updated regularly following the new governmental announcements.

March 27th

Following the speech of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, on Friday, March 27th, everyone should stay at home until 12 April 2020, except for the following situations:

  • to travel to and from work, or for purposes of work, only where the work is an essential health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home;
  • to shop for essential food, beverage and household goods or collect a meal;
  • to attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products;
  • for vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people;
  • to take brief individual physical exercise within 2 kilometres of your home, which may include children from your household, as long as you adhere to strict 2 metre physical distancing;
  • for farming purposes, that is food production or care of animals.

You can see the full list of public health measures here.

You can see the list of essential retail outlets here.

You can see the full list of essential workers here.

All people over the age of 70 and vulnerable people with certain medical conditions must stay indoors in what is known as ‘cocooning’. You can see the guidelines on cocooning here.

At the links below find a briefing on the government’s response to COVID-19 published on Saturday, 28th March 2020:

March 24th

Following the speech of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, on Tuesday 24 March 2020 the COVID-19 restrictions initially anounced from March 12th to March 29th have been now extended until Sunday, April 19th.

A set of actions is now recommended by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

People are required to stay at home and only leave to:

  • go to work;
  • go to the shops for essential supplies;
  • care for others;
  • exercise.

Social gatherings of individuals outdoors should be no more than four persons, unless all are from the same household.

All crowded places, including public amenities, should be avoided.

Non-essential indoor visits to other people’s homes should be avoided.

All non-essential retail outlets to be closed to members of the public. All other retail outlets are to implement social distancing. See a list of the essential retail outlets here.

Cafés and restaurants are limited to takeaways and deliveries only.

Sporting events are cancelled, theatres, clubs, gyms, leisure centres and hair salons are to be shut.

Places of worship are to restrict numbers visiting and no unnecessary travel should take place in the country or overseas, now or during the Easter break.

An Post will also roll out a host of new measures to help people deal with COVID-19. See further details here.