Ireland lockdown updates: Everything you can and can't do on Christmas week as new rules loom

Ireland has been hit by a surge in new coronavirus cases in recent days as Christmas nears. Some new restrictions are set to come into f...


Ireland has been hit by a surge in new coronavirus cases in recent days as Christmas nears.

Some new restrictions are set to come into force in the coming weeks as Government officials aim to suppress the spread of the virus again.

It will be a Christmas like no other, as pubs and shops will be forced to operate very differently.

The guidelines are also strict on household visits.

Here is everything you need to know:

Household visits

One of the most important parts of any Christmas is visiting family and friends, but in the midst of the pandemic health experts are asking people to exercise caution.

Members of the Gardai at a Checkpoint on O Connell Street during the Coronavirus Covid 19 pandemic in Dublin’s City Centre. (stock)

Current guidelines state that from December 18 you can mix with a maximum two other households in your home. However it is understood that this could be reduced to just one other household from next week.

In outdoor settings away from your home or garden, a maximum of three households can meet while maintaining strict physical distancing.

However on Sunday Chief Medical Officer issued a further warning to younger people who have been socialising in recent days, asking them to reconsider their Christmas plans.

He said: “If you have been socialising in the past few weeks or over this weekend, consider your Christmas plans carefully. Is it responsible to meet with your family over 65 later this week, if you have not kept your contacts low? Should you cancel your plans? We have the very real prospect of COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon. Ensure that your loved ones stay alive to receive them, by keeping your distance from them if you have not restricted your movements to this point. As difficult as it may seem, staying away from older family this Christmas will protect them – and it would be an exceptional sacrifice made for the common good.”

Pubs

One of the most contentious rules has been surrounding the opening of pubs and restaurants.

Currently only gastropubs and restaurants are allowed to open their doors, with wet pubs staying shut.

However this is set to change, as pubs that serve food and restaurants across the country are set to close from December 31.

Well-placed sources have told the Irish Mirror that Government leaders have decided this ahead of the formal Cabinet meeting next Tuesday.

As a result of spiralling case numbers it is understood that the last food and drink will be allowed to be served at pubs and restaurants up to close of business on December 30, but after that they will close their doors as we re-enter a new Level 3 lockdown.

Hotels will be allowed to continue to trade.

Travel

Travel restrictions within Ireland have now been lifted and you can visit any other county until at least January 6.

However there is currently a 48-hour ban on anyone coming to Ireland from Great Britain.

Shopping

Non-essential retail reopened on December 1 after a six-week Level Five lockdown.

And even if Ireland does see further Level Three restrictions in January, it is understood that the Government will try and keep non-essential stores such as Penneys and Smyths open where possible.

Here is a full list of the guidelines that are currently in place:

Measures in place from 18 December

Social and family gatherings

In your home or garden

You can mix with a maximum of 2 other households.

Other settings outside your home or garden

In outdoor settings away from your home or garden, a maximum of 3 households can meet while maintaining strict physical distancing.

Face coverings are recommended in busy or crowded areas.

Weddings

Weddings can go ahead, but with a limit of 25 guests for ceremony and reception (irrespective of venue).

Organised indoor gatherings

These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager.

For example: business, training events, conferences, events in theatres and cinemas or other arts events (excluding sport).

No organised indoor gatherings should take place.

Exception:

Cinemas can open with protective measures in place.

Organised outdoor gatherings

These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: outdoor arts events, training events.

Gatherings of up to 15 people can take place.

Face coverings are recommended in busy or crowded areas.

Sports

Training

Outdoors: Non contact training only in pods of up to 15 (for example: golf, tennis, horse riding, hunting, Gaelic games, soccer, outdoor basketball).

There is an exemption for professional and elite sports and approved inter-county Gaelic games.

Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes (for example: no ballet, gymnastics, basketball, racketball, squash, zumba, drama).

Matches and events

No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the following exceptions:

  • professional and elite sports
  • approved inter-county Gaelic games
  • horse racing and greyhound racing
  • approved equestrian events
  • approved coursing events

These should all take place behind closed doors.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open for individual use only, with protective measures in place.

This does not include other leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, pool halls and arcades. Such venues should remain closed.

Religious services

Places of worship can open for services with a maximum of 50 people.

Face coverings are recommended.

Further guidance is available.

Funerals

Up to 25 mourners can attend.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions

Museums and galleries can open with protective measures in place.

Libraries are available for browsing, e-services, and call and collect. No seating or events.

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

Restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants (serving a substantial meal) can open for indoor dining with additional restrictions, including a requirement for meals to be prepared on site, inside the premises, with a maximum of 6 people per table. No live entertainment, live music or loud music should take place in line with the current restrictions and public health advice.

This includes access for non-residents to restaurants in hotels.

See Fáilte Ireland’s guidelines for reopening restaurants and cafes.

Wet pubs

Delivery and take-away services only.

Nightclubs, discos and casinos

Nightclubs, discos and casinos remain closed.

Hotels and accommodation

Hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s can open, but with services limited to residents.

Hotel restaurants can open to non-residents.

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

Face coverings must be worn.

All retail shops and shopping centres can open. All services such as hairdressers, beauticians, barbers and opticians can open with strict adherence to sectoral guidance on protective measures.

There is specific guidance available for:

Work

Work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.

Face coverings are recommended in crowded workplaces.

Domestic travel

You can travel anywhere in Ireland.

Schools, early learning and childcare services, adult and higher education

Schools and creches are open with protective measures.

Further, higher and adult education should remain primarily online.

Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks

All remain open with protective measures in place.

Face coverings are recommended in busy or crowded areas.

Transport

Face coverings must be worn.

Walk or cycle where possible.

Public transport capacity limited to 50%.

Essential workers and essential purposes only.

Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable

Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable are advised to continue to exercise personal judgement.

It is recommended that they stay at home as much as possible, limit engagement to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced.

When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home.

It is recommended to shop during designated hours only, while wearing a face covering, and to avoid public transport.

Long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)

New HPSC guidance for nursing homes visiting which came into effect on 7 December 2020

This new guidance outlines an updated definition for ‘critical and compassionate circumstances’, which now provides that, subject to risk assessment in each case, nursing homes residents may receive:

  • up to one visit by one person per week under Levels 3 and 4 of the framework
  • up to one visit by one person per two weeks under Level 5

It also notes that every practical effort should be made to accommodate an additional visit on compassionate grounds during the period of a major cultural or religious festival or celebration of particular significance to the resident, such as the Christmas/New Year period.

Read the updated HPSC guidance.

Face coverings

You should wear a face covering in crowded workplaces, places of worship and in busy or crowded outdoor spaces where there is significant congregation.



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