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CONFIRMED: Here are all the restrictions being eased in Ireland from Friday

It was originally planned that this Friday, October 22nd, would see the majority of restrictions being eased in Ireland.

However, a recent spike in cases and hospitalisations caused the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and Government to take a more cautious approach.


It’s not quite Freedom Day after all…

Here are the restrictions being eased from Friday:

Indoor Hospitality

  • EU Digital Certs will be required for indoor dining
  • Table service is only permitted
  • Maximum of 10 adults per table
  • Face masks must be worn unless eating or drinking


  • Specific sectoral guidance is due to be developed for nightclubs, establishing approved protective measures
  • EU Digital Certs, contact tracing data collection and wearing of face masks except when eating, drinking and dancing will apply
  • Dancing will be permitted, but social distancing measures will be implemented

Weddings & Services

  • Weddings and Religious Services will be permitted to open without capacity limits
  • All current protective measures must remain in place

Indoor Live Events

  • For indoor live events – sports, music or entertainment – audience members should be fully seated
  • Standing is permitted while at your seat
  • Organisers of indoor activities should ensure protective measures are in place

These new regulations will take effect from Friday, October 22nd.

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach” by House of the Oireachtas (CCBY2.0)


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