Irish holiday calendar – dates on which everything will be allowed, from hotels to pubs


While the official start of summer is still a long way off, it is very likely that the Irish will be planning their national vacation when the country begins to reopen.

While traveling abroad is still not considered safe, stays are bound to be very popular for people looking to use up some of their well-earned vacation time.

Currently, international travel is considered one of the “higher risk activities” that will be considered at the end of June for a resumption later in the year.

On that note, here are the most important dates and rule changes in key areas for anyone looking to vacation in the country.


Currently, anyone can travel within their county or up to 20 km from their home. Anyone who does not respect this travel limit can be prosecuted by the Gardai.

However, these travel rules and regulations will be obsolete as of May 10, when people will be allowed to travel freely between counties in Ireland.

Anyone who currently owns a fixed mobile home or caravans can also travel between counties in Ireland from May 10.


From June 2, accommodation services including hotels, bed and breakfasts, lodges and inns may reopen.

As soon as these doors are opened, guests can also benefit from ancillary services such as leisure facilities, indoor restaurant and bar services. However, these facilities will only be made available to guests and overnight residents.

Pubs and restaurants

The theme for this summer is the outdoors and this is reflected in the government’s approach to reopening restaurants and pubs.

From June 7, subject to the public health situation at the time, restaurants and bars may resume ooutdoor services with groups limited to six people.

Regarding the meals and drinks inside, there is no confirmed date yet because the hospitality inside (restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos) is considered as an “activity above. risk”

The possibility of reopening the restaurant and pub service inside will be considered at the end of June.

In terms of recent remarks, during an interview with Newstalk, the Taoiseach said it might be possible to have a pint inside by the end of July.

“It depends. The pint inside, certainly not in May or June. It might be possible towards the end of July, and I think it’s within that time frame. It’s a possibility.

“I don’t want to nail my colors to the mast on this, but by then we will have a very significant number of people vaccinated.”

Speaking on Wednesday, Tànaiste Leo Varadkar said he hoped the vast majority of restrictions would be lifted by the end of the summer.

The chef at Fine Gael offered hope that people will once again be able to dine and drink indoors as restrictions are relaxed.

Mr Varadkar said: “I will always be optimistic and confident that I can dine indoors in pubs and restaurants in July. It’s just that July is far enough away, and we can’t really make a call until end of June.

What could stop the reopening

As always, continued progress to ease the Level 5 restrictions depends on four factors; vaccines, variants, virus case numbers and Irish hospital status.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health, said if the country is on the verge of taking a big step outside of the Level 5 lockdown, caution and caution should be exercised.

“We all want the easing of restrictions next week to be a turning point in this pandemic. We have worked so hard to reduce the spread of this disease. Over 30% of adults have now been vaccinated with a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland and it is time to get some hope and start planning our summer.

“The choices we make now are essential to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in May and June. Prioritize the outdoors and avoid the crowds. Know the symptoms – self-isolate immediately and call your GP if you have any. By protecting yourself, you are protecting everyone you know from infection. “

Holohan’s advice comes after health officials reported 8 more Covid-related deaths and 393 new cases.

Today, at 8 a.m., 131 patients with Covid-19 are hospitalized, including 36 in intensive care. 16 additional hospitalizations have occurred in the past 24 hours.

With regard to the vaccination program, 1,655,866 doses of vaccine were administered in Ireland.

1,201,373 people received their first dose, and 454,493 people received their second dose.

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