The COVID-19 situation in Ireland continues to be of concern with a of factors now responsible for the increased daily case numbers. These include increased levels of social contact, adherence to basic public health protective measures and levels of immunity across the population.
The current level of COVID-19 is having a significant and sustained impact across all aspects of the health service including hospitals, Intensive Care Units (ICUs), public health, testing and tracing services, general practice, as well as the broader primary care services.
Taking of all these factors into consideration and following public health advice, the government has announced a range of measures aimed at interrupting the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Coming into place immediately
• Household close contacts who are fully vaccinated and showing no symptoms, should now restrict their movements until they have 3 negative antigen test results within 5 days.
Coming into place from midnight Thursday 18th November
• everyone should revert to working from home unless it is necessary to attend the workplace in person.
• you will need COVID-19 passes (based on vaccination or recovery) for cinemas and theatres.
• closing times for all on-licensed premises (except for guests staying in hotels) will move to midnight . All customers should be vacated from the premises by that time.
The full guidelines (including sector-specific guidance and protocols, with regard to work, hospitality, cultural and sporting events have been reviewed and strengthened where appropriate) can be read here.