9 key changes to Covid-19 restrictions


Restrictions on Covid-19 are expected to be further relaxed from Monday, May 10. Here is a brief summary of the main changes.


Intercountry travel for non-essential reasons may return.

Owners of mobile homes or stationary caravans can travel to another county to stay in their mobile homes, and caravan parks are allowed to open for easier access for owners. However, no rentals are permitted and shared facilities are not permitted.

Rental of accommodation will not be authorized. It should resume from June 2, subject to public health conditions at the time.

Social visits

A maximum of three households, or up to six people from individual households, can meet outdoors, including in private gardens. Children aged 12 and under are not included in the limits.

In addition, fully vaccinated people may meet other fully vaccinated people inside, with a maximum of three households present.

Fully vaccinated people can meet unvaccinated people inside the same household, provided they are not at risk of serious illness. Again, there is a limit of three households in total for such visits.

Outdoor meetings

Up to 15 people can attend outdoor gatherings.

Outdoor sports training for adults can return, in pods of up to 15 people.


The gradual reopening of non-essential retail begins.

Stores can offer online or in-store purchases by appointment.

Outdoor retail may also resume.

Personal services

Hairdressers, barbers and beauticians can reopen for clients, by appointment only.

Cultural services

Galleries, museums and other cultural attractions may reopen.

Libraries can reopen for lending services, but there should be no access to reading spaces or computer facilities.

Religious services, funerals and weddings

In-person church services may resume, with a limit of 50 people in attendance.

The government says Communions and Confirmations should not be taking place at this time.

Up to 50 mourners are permitted to attend funeral services. Related events should not take place before or after the service.

50 guests are allowed to attend wedding services, whether civil or religious. For celebrations or receptions after the service, a maximum of six people will be allowed to attend indoors, and up to 15 outdoors.

Public transport

The number of people authorized to use public transport increases to 50% of normal capacity.

Property tours

Property tours may resume, by appointment only, and only when conducted by licensed real estate service providers.

You can read all the details of the changes here on gov.ie, with a preview of what will happen next.

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