Following public health advice, the government has agreed a range of measures aimed at interrupting the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Coming into place immediately
Household close contacts who are fully vaccinated and showing no symptoms should restrict their movements until they have 3 negative antigen test results taken within a 5-day period.
Coming into place from midnight Thursday 18 November
- everyone should revert to working from home unless it is necessary to attend the workplace in person. This means a return to the situation on working from home as it applied before 20 September 2021
- you will need COVID-19 passes (based on vaccination or recovery) for cinemas and theatres
- closing times for all on-licensed premises, including hotel bars and hotel residents’ bars, will move to midnight with all customers vacated from the premises by that time, regardless of the event taking place
Other protective measures include:
- requirement for EU Digital COVID Certificate (COVID-19 pass) (vaccine or recovery certificate) for indoor hospitality and events
- face masks (can be removed for consumption of food or drinks as appropriate)
- collection of contact tracing data
- COVID-19 passes and fixed capacity limits will not apply for outdoor events. However, sectors should ensure appropriate protective measures are in place
- organisers of indoor and outdoor group activities should ensure that appropriate protective measures are in place, and where indoor groups have a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people indoors, pods of 6 should apply. For children under 18, the “pod of 6” system can be adjusted to allow for indoor games and competition activities only, with all other protective measures remaining in place. The “pod of 6” system should be retained for all other settings such as training activities and games as part of training. Fixed capacity limits will not apply to these indoor and outdoor group activities
- religious services and weddings can proceed without capacity limits but with all other protective measures remaining in place
Sector-specific guidance and protocols, including with regard to work, hospitality, cultural and sporting events have been reviewed and strengthened where appropriate.
The Regulators’ Forum (which includes representatives from a range of government departments as well as the Health and Safety Authority, the Environmental Health Service of the HSE, the Workplace Relations Commission, the Veterinary Inspectorate of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, the Schools Inspectorate of the Department of Education, the City and County Managers Association, Fáilte Ireland, and An Garda Síochána) has agreed that there will be a renewed focus on compliance activities, including inspections, over the period ahead, both for businesses that are already open, and those that will be reopening following the most recent government decisions.