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Easing of Restrictions



All remaining construction can commence, meaning the industry will be fully reopened.


MAY 10


A maximum of three households or six people from any number of households can meet outdoors to socialise, including in private gardens. The six-person limit does not include their children aged 12 or younger.

Organised outdoor gatherings can be attended by a maximum of 15 people.



Inter-county travel will resume.



Outdoor training for adults in pods of a maximum of 15 people can resume.


Retail and cultural attractions:

May will see a phased reopening of non-essential retail. Click and collect by appointment and outdoor retail can recommence from May 10. From May 17, all remaining retail will be allowed to reopen.

Galleries, museums, other cultural attractions are all allowed to reopen. Libraries can reopen for lending services.


Personal services:

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

Hairdressers, barbers and beauticians can all reopen from May 10.



50 guests will be permitted at the service, whether it be civil or religious.

For the reception, there will be a maximum of 6 people allowed for indoor gatherings, with 15 people allowed for outdoor gatherings.



50 mourners are permitted at the service.

The Government has advised that related events, either before or after, should not take place.


Religious services:

Religious services can resume, with a limit of 50 people attending.



The numbers permitted on public transport is to increase to 50% of normal capacity.


Vaccine Bonus:

May 10 will also see a vaccine bonus come into play.

It means indoor private home visiting can be permitted (without masks or social distancing) in the following cases:

fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than three households present.

fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household, provided that they are not at risk of severe illness.



(subject to the public health situation at the time)



From June 2, hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and hostels can reopen.

However, services must be restricted to overnight guests and residents.

JUNE 7 (subject to the public health situation at the time)



Visitors from one other household can be permitted indoors.



Outdoor services in restaurants and bars can resume. Groups will be limited to a maximum of six people.



Outdoors matches can recommence. However, no spectators will be permitted.

Gyms, swimming pools, and leisure centres can reopen for individual training only.



The number of guests who will be able to attend a wedding celebration or receptions can increase to 25