Changes at a glance: From sport to meeting friends

The Government has announced tonight it will implement some easing of restrictions under the Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery Plan 2021.

These new measures will take effect on a phased basis, beginning from today with a “vaccine bonus” for those fully vaccinated.

So what changes can you expect in the weeks and months to come? Here is what you need to know…

From today

  • Those who are fully vaccinated may visit with other fully vaccinated people (from one other household only) indoors without wearing masks or staying 2 metres apart. Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have elapsed since you received your second dose

12 April

  • In-school teaching to fully return
  • You can meet one other household outside but not in your garden or theirs
  • You can travel within your county or within 20km of your home if crossing county boundaries
  • All residential construction can restart, as well as early-learning and childcare projects

19 April 

  • Elite-level senior GAA can resume training, not including under 20 or minor competitions
  • Elite-level senior GAA matches can resume
  • High performing athletes, as approved by Sport Ireland, can resume training

26 April 

  • Outdoor sports facilities can reopen (eg: pitches, golf courses and tennis courts, other facilities as appropriate)
  • Facilities including club houses and any indoor facilities (for example: changing rooms, showers, kitchens, meeting rooms), apart from essential toilet facilities must remain closed. There should not be any return to team sports or training activities
  • Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen (i.e. zoos, open pet farms, heritage sites)
  • Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 can recommence for all exercise activities that can be delivered outdoors including dance
  • Maximum attendance at funerals will increase from 10 to 25 on compassionate grounds