Ireland is moving to level 5 from midnight on Wednesday, 21 October

The Government has decided to move the whole of Ireland to level 5 on the
Plan for living with COVID-19.  The plan is a framework for managing COVID-19 in Ireland and sets out 5 levels that correspond to the severity of COVID-19 in a location.

Ireland will move to level 5 of the plan for 6 weeks with a review after 4 weeks. The Taoiseach has also announced a new provision of support bubbles – where people who live alone or are isolated can pair with another household. The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) will both be increased and the the moratorium on evictions will be reinstated.

Level 5 means that you are asked to stay at home, with the exception of exercise within 5 kilometres of your home. There will be no social or family gatherings. You can meet with 1 other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park, including for exercise. Weddings can continue to have up to 25 people in attendance and up to 10 people can attend a funeral.

Only essential workers can travel to work and only essential retail and essential services can remain open. Construction and manufacturing can stay in operation. In addition:

  • Schools, creches and outdoor play areas remain open with restrictive measures in place.
  • People over 70 and people who are medically vulnerable should avoid public transport, shop during designated hours and limit their interactions to a small number of people. Read more about cocooning .
  • Visits to nursing and care homes are suspended except in critical and compassionate circumstances.
  • Public transport can operate with capacity restricted to 25%.

We will update with full details of the measures when they are available. You can get more information from the Government press release and you can read more about level 5.