As of 1st December 2020, Ireland will move to Level 3 restrictions nationally with some exceptions over the Christmas period. The exceptions over Christmas will commence on 18th December 2020 and are in an effort to allow people to have a good Christmas. The main objective is to keep people safe and well and continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.
From 1st December 2020 households should not mix with other households outside of their bubble and people should stay within their own county apart from education, work or essential purposes. Higher education should remain online. Places of worship, cinemas, galleries, museums and libraries can reopen. Face coverings are now recommended in all crowded places including places of worship and in busy or crowded outdoor spaces. From 4th December 2020 restaurants and pubs that serve meals may open for indoor dining with additional restrictions.
From 18th December 2020 to 6th January 2021 households can mix with up to two other households and travel outside of your county is permitted. These are the only exceptions to the Level 3 restrictions. On 7th January, these exceptions will be removed and Ireland will return to the Level 3 restrictions in full.
Level 3 includes the following and has been taken directly from the Government website:
- weddings with up to 25 guests are permitted (same as current provisions)
- funerals with up to 25 mourners are permitted (same as current provisions)
- no organised indoor events should take place, other than as provided below
- gatherings of 15 people may take place outdoors
- non-contact training may take place outdoors in pods of 15
- only individual training should take place indoors and no exercise or dance classes are permitted
- no matches/events may take place except professional and elite sports, approved inter-county Gaelic games, horse-racing and approved equestrian events, all behind closed doors
- gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools may reopen for individual training only
- nightclubs, discos and casinos should remain closed
- hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs may open with services limited to residents only
- non-essential retail and personal services may reopen
- people should continue to work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person
- public transport capacity is limited to 50%
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