Ireland exits Lockdown: What rules do I have to follow under Level 3 restrictions?

Ireland exits Lockdown: What rules do I have to follow under Level 3 restrictions?

Ireland is set to impose Level Three restrictions at midnight tonight following six weeks of full lockdown.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed last week that the country would be entering a modified version of Level Three according to the Living With Covid plan.

So to clear up any confusion, here's everything you need to know about December's Level Three restrictions:

Non-essential retail will be allowed to open immediately, including hairdressers and gyms.

Restaurants and gastropubs will be allowed to open with restrictive measures, but not until Friday, December 4.

Travel restrictions within your own county will be lifted immediately, but you won't be able to travel to another county for a non-essential reason until December 18, when restrictions will be eased further in the run up to Christmas.

Pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to open for takeaways, deliveries and outdoor dining in specific areas

Social and family gatherings

You should only mix with people in you support bubble inside your home.

Outside your home or in your garden, you can mix with up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 other households, while maintaining social distancing.

Pubs and restaurants

From Friday, December 4, restaurants and gastropubs (pubs that can serve a substantial meal) can open for indoor dining with restrictive measures, with a maximum of 6 people per table.

'Wet pubs' will remain closed, save for takeaway and delivery services.

Nightclubs and casinos will remain closed.


Face masks must be worn in shops and while taking public transport.

All retail shops and shopping centres can open, but with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines.


You should work from home unless it's absolutely necessary for you to attend work in person.


Schools and creches are open with protective measures.

Further, higher and adult education to escalate all appropriate protective measures and limit congregation as far as possible.

Domestic travel

Stay in your county apart from work, education and other essential purposes, though this is due to change on December 18.

Indoor/outdoor gatherings

No indoor gatherings should take place, including business meetings, training events, conferences, events in theatres and cinemas or other arts events (excluding sport). All should be one remotely/virtually where possible.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 15 people are allowed, provided they are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager.


Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools will remain open for individual use only, and with protective measures in place.

No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter-county, and senior club championship, which should all take place behind closed doors.

For sports training, outdoor non contact training is allowed, but only in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship). For indoors, only individual exercise is permitted. No exercise or dance classes.

Religious services/funerals

Public religious services will open, with a maximum of 50 people permitted.

For funerals, up to 25 mourners can attend.


Hotels, guesthouses and B&B's will open, but with services limited to residents.