What’s changing from 29 June?

The Government has confirmed that it is safe to move to Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Business and Society on Monday 29 June 2020.

We’ve summarised the key things you need to be aware of in Phase 3:

Face coverings  

In Phase 3, face coverings will be mandatory on all forms of public transport. You should also wear a face covering in shops and other places where social distancing is difficult.

Where can I travel?

From phase 3, you can travel anywhere in Ireland, including offshore islands. You should follow public health guidelines at all times. All non-essential overseas travel should be avoided.

Education and childcare

The following facilities may reopen from Monday 29 June:

  • Crèches, childminding facilities and pre-schools
  • Summer camps
  • Youth clubs
  • All indoor and outdoor amenities for children
  • All adult education facilities

What businesses can reopen?

From Monday 29 June, a large number of businesses and services are allowed to reopen. They include:

  • Cafes and restaurants, pubs and hotel bars serving food, hotels and holiday parks
  • Hairdressers, barbers, nail and brow salons, beauty salons, spas, make-up application services, tanning, tattooing and piercing services
  • Museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas and other cultural outlets
  • Driving schools
  • Wellbeing services, for example chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology and homoeopathy
  • All remaining retail, services and commercial activities


The following facilities may reopen:

  • Indoor gyms and exercise facilities
  • Yoga, pilates and dance studios
  • Sports clubs and public swimming pools

The following sporting activities can recommence:

  • Team leagues for adults and children
  • Close contact sports
  • Organised sporting spectator events and fixtures


From Monday 29 June, indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted. Public health advice must be followed at all times. There are specific new guidelines for choirs and musical groups.


Religious buildings and places of worship are allowed to reopen.

Read more about Phase 3 of the Government roadmap in our document on Public health measures for COVID-19.