The government has increased the level of COVID-19 restrictions

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The government has increased the level of restrictions that are to be introduced to fight the spread of Covid-19. They come into effect at midnight, Friday, March 27th and will last until April 12th.

The measures include the following:

Everyone must stay at home except in particular circumstances.

  • Those circumstances include travel to and from work – which must be deemed essential work that cannot be carried out from home – a reviewed outline of which is to be published by the government in due course.
  • To shop for food or essential household goods or to collect meals.
  • To collect medicines or other medical products, or to attend medical appointments.

Some other exemptions have also been included in the government’s latest set of guidelines.

  • Leaving the home for vital family reasons such as care for the vulnerable or elderly.
  • Farming.


Mr Varadkar said that people will be allowed to leave their home briefly for physical exercise. However, this must occur within two kilometres of the family home. All gatherings outside a single household are also prohibited. This would include social family visits that are not for vital reasons.

He also announced the introduction of cocooning or shielding for people over the age of 70 as well as those classified vulnerable in light of the potential impact posed by Covid-19.

These measures will come into effect from midnight tonight (Friday) and will continue until April 12.

This is an initial account and some measures are not included here but a more concise account and additional info will be published later.

For updated and factual Public Health information and advice on COVID-19 Coronavirus, please visit hse.ie/coronavirus or call 1800 700 700

For the latest information on the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme, please visit hse.ie/covid-19-vaccine