Easing of Restrictions – May/June 2021


Today the government decided to move ahead with the Recovery and Resilience: The Path Ahead plan.
Think safe, think outdoors – will be the theme for the summer of 2021. The government has agreed that the following measures will apply:
From 4 May
All remaining construction can recommence.
From 10 May
an increase in the numbers that can meet outdoors for social/recreational purposes, including in private gardens – maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households. This limit of 6 does not include their children aged 12 or younger
organised outdoor gatherings with a maximum attendance of 15 people
outdoor training for adults in pods of a maximum of 15 people
phased reopening of non-essential retail. Click and collect by appointment and outdoor retail can recommence from 10 May. All remaining retail to reopen from 17 May
reopening of personal services by appointment
reopening of galleries, museums, other cultural attractions
libraries to reopen for lending services. No access to reader spaces/PCs
recommencement of religious services. It is advised that other religious ceremonies such as Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time
funerals – 50 mourners permitted at service. Related events, either before or after, should not take place
weddings – 50 guests permitted at service (civil or religious). For celebrations/receptions, a maximum of 6 people for indoor gatherings and 15 people for outdoor gatherings
inter-county travel can resume
increase in numbers on public transport, up to 50% of normal capacity
Vaccine bonus
From 10 May, indoor private home visiting can be permitted (without masks or social distancing) in the following cases:
fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than 3 households present
fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household, provided that they are not at risk of severe illness
This applies to:
persons who have received AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) – 4 weeks after dose 1
persons who have received Janssen/Johnson & Johnson – 2 weeks after dose 1 (only dose)
persons who have received Pfizer – 1 weeks after dose 2
persons who have received Moderna – 2 weeks after dose 2
persons who have had a confirmed COVID-19 infection in the previous 6 months