Covid-19 Ireland: Full list of new restrictions that take effect today

New restrictions related to Covid-19 will come into effect today. This will see new rules for pubs, restaurants, weddings, concerts and travel.

The new measures were put in place by the government to help combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

These measures will be in place from midnight Sunday December 19, 2021 until January 30, 2022.

Changes inside

Pubs and restaurants close at 8 p.m. This excludes take-out or delivery services. This will also apply to restaurants and bars in hotels, with the exception of overnight residents.

Weddings are the only exception to the 8 p.m. rule but are limited to 100 guests.

There will be table service only (no counter service), one meter between tables, a maximum of six adults per table (maximum 15 people including children 12 and under) and no multiple table reservations and no mixing.

Indoor events such as theaters and cinemas are also scheduled to close at 8 p.m. and the capacity for those events has been reduced to 50% or 1,000, whichever is lower.

The requirement to wear face masks at all times unless eating or drinking remains in place.

But it does not affect normal religious and business activities in the workplace and business events.

There is no change in the schools.

Exterior changes

The capacity for outdoor events has been reduced to 50% or 5,000 people, whichever is lower.

Changes in close contacts and social recommendations

Close contact with confirmed cases should restrict their movement for five days and perform three antigen tests if they have a booster.

Close contact with confirmed cases should restrict their movement for 10 days if they do not have a booster.

People were asked to limit their social interactions, visits to private homes should be limited to a maximum of three other households (four households in total).

People should limit their contact throughout the Christmas and New Years period.

International travel update

All persons arriving in Ireland from overseas will continue to be required to undergo antigen or PCR testing in accordance with their vaccination / salvage or non-vaccination status.

All passengers arriving in Ireland are now advised to perform antigen testing daily for a period of five consecutive days from the day of arrival.

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