Covid-19: Here are the changes now in place under Level 5

The move to Level 5 will last six weeks
Covid-19: Here are the changes now in place under Level 5

Level 5 would see country return to a state of lockdown similar to that seen in March and is seen as a chance to ensure that there are no major restrictions over Christmas.

Ireland has now moved to Level 5 of the Living with Covid-19 plan, the highest level of restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

Level 5 sees the country return to a state of lockdown similar to that seen in March and is seen as a chance to ensure that there are no major restrictions over Christmas.

The move to Level 5 will last six weeks. 

Gardaí have been given new powers to police house parties and can now hand out fines. 

People may meet with one other household outdoors for example in a park but not in a house or in a garden. 

Read on to see the further changes made under these new regulations. 

  • Retail: Only essential retail will be open.
  • Schools and creches: To remain open.
  • Household visits: The ban on household visits will continue. No visitors will be allowed to any other home.
  • Work: Work from home unless not possible or working in health, retail and social services 
  • PUP: Restored to €350 for those previously on more than €400. EWSS increased to have five bands up to a max of €350 per employee per week 
  • Sports: Elite sport to go ahead - Intercounty GAA, League of Ireland, Horseracing. Children can train in pods of 15
  • Travel: No travel beyond 5km from home unless for essential, with fines for those who breach the restrictions 
  • Bubbles: Those living alone, parenting alone or vulnerable can have close contact with one other nominated household.
  • Weddings and Funerals: Weddings can have 25 guests and funerals can have 25 mourners.
  • Bars and restaurants: Takeaway service only - wet pubs closed.
  • Religious services: Services to be held online.
  • Salons, gyms, museums and galleries: All closed.
  • Construction and manufacturing: Remain open as deemed essential.

Social and family gatherings  

In your home or garden: Own household only - no visitors.

Other settings outside your home or garden: No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.

Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars)  

Take away food or delivery only.

Wet pubs: Take away or delivery only.

Nightclubs, discos, casinos: All remain closed.


Up to 25 guests can attend a wedding ceremony and reception.


Up to 25 mourners can attend.

Religious services  

Services will be held online.

Places of worship remain open for private prayer.


Work from home unless it is for working in health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home.

Domestic travel restrictions  

Stay at home.

Exercise within 5 kilometres of home.

Schools, creches and higher and adult education  

Open with protective measures in place.

Organised indoor gatherings  

No organised indoor gatherings should take place.

Organised outdoor gatherings  

No organised outdoor gatherings should take place.


Exercise and sporting events  

Training: Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes.

Matches and events: No matches or events to take place. Exceptions made for professional elite sport and inter-county GAA. Greyhound and horse racing continues behind closed doors. 

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools: Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools closed.

Non-contact training for school-aged children in pods of 15 can continue outdoors. 

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions  

All venues closed.

Online services are available.

Hotels and accommodation  

Open only for those with essential non-social and non-tourist purposes.

Retail and services (for example hairdressers, beauticians, barbers)  

Face coverings must be worn.

Essential retail only.

All other retail and personal services closed.

Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks  

Open with protective measures in place.


Face coverings must be worn on public transport.

People should walk or cycle where possible.

Public transport capacity will be restricted to 25%.

Avoid public transport - essential workers and essential purposes only.

Over 70 and medically vulnerable individuals  

Those aged over 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home.

Specific guidance will be issued.

Visiting long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)  

Suspended, aside from critical and compassionate circumstances

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