Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities tighten COVID-19-related restrictions in Dublin, Ireland, through at least early October due to increase in case numbers.

Alert Begins 21 Sep 2020 09:43 PM UTC
Alert Expires 09 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide 
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Authorities in Ireland have tightened coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions in the city of Dublin and the surrounding county due to an increase in infection rates. The following restrictions will remain in place through at least Oct. 9:


  • Persons residing in Dublin must remain in their county, unless traveling for work, education or other essential purposes. Persons residing outside of Dublin are not permitted travel to Dublin unless traveling for work, education and other essential purposes.


  • Visits to private homes are limited to six people from two different households.


  • Social family gatherings are suspended; weddings and funerals may take place but are capped at 25 attendees.


  • Organized indoor gatherings are suspended while outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.


  • Public transport capacity is limited to 50 percent; residents are advised to use public transport only for essential purposes.


  • Working from home is required whenever possible.


  • Restaurants and cafes, as well as pubs and bars that serve food are allowed to remain open for take-away and delivery, as well as for outdoor dining for up to 15 people.


Nationwide, Ireland had launch a medium-term "Plan for Living with COVID-19" on Sept. 16, amending many of the restrictions in place to combat the spread of the disease. Under the plan, the various parts of the country are assigned one of five levels based on local disease activity, with Level 1 being the least severe and Level 5 the most severe. COVID-19-related restrictions are imposed accordingly. As of Sept. 21, the entire country is at Level 2, with the exception of Dublin, which is at Level 3. At Level 2, the following measures are in place:


  • Private gatherings of up to six people from three different households are allowed.


  • Public gatherings of six people indoors and 15 people outdoors, also from three different households, are allowed.


  • Religious gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.


  • Certain organized events, such as sports matches, permit 50 or more attendees based on overall capacity.


  • Most businesses and services are permitted to reopen, provided they implement strict hygiene and social-distancing requirements.


  • Individuals are encouraged to continue working from home where possible.


  • Public transport is limited to 50-percent capacity.


  • Face coverings are mandatory in many enclosed public spaces


Authorities in Ireland have also updated the country's COVID-19 related entry restriction list. As of Sept. 21, only travelers from Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland are allowed to enter the country without having to self-isolate upon arrival. All travelers, including Irish citizens, entering Ireland from other locations, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. All travelers must also fill out a passenger locator form indicating the address where they will be staying. Freight transport workers, maritime employees, and pilots are exempt from these measures. Authorities continue to advise against nonessential travel abroad for Irish citizens. Authorities will review and update the list on a weekly basis.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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