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Ireland is moving to Level 3 on Tuesday 2 December with, with a number of exceptions in place for the Christmas period.

ActivityFrom 1 DecemberFrom 4 DecemberFrom 18 December
Visitors to your homeNo visitors, apart from those in support bubbleNo visitors, apart from those in support bubble2 other households
Places of worship50 max50 max50 max
Museums, galleries and cinemasOpenOpenOpen
Pubs operating as restaurantsClosedOpenOpen
Wet pubsDelivery and take-awayDelivery and take-awayDelivery and take-away
Travel outside your countyNoNoYes

Safe Shopping

  • When planning your Christmas shopping, please support your local retailers and businesses. If you feel unwell you should stay at home.
  • At this busy time of year, you can still shop online or over the phone and collect your goods or have them delivered
  • If you do go out shopping, wrap up warm in case you have to queue
  • Try to shop at off-peak times and keep a 2 metre distance from other shoppers
  • You must wear your mask in store for your safety and for that of other shoppers and staff.
  • Try to keep your shopping time to a minimum and remember to use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the shop
  • More guidance for businesses is available here

Dining Out in Cafés and Restaurants

Safe Christmas Day

Plan ahead

  • Plan how you will spend your Christmas Day and who you will be in contact with
  • Keep your guestlist short and try to ensure that you limit the contact in the days and weeks beforehand
  • Remember – every contact counts!

On Arrival

  • Try encourage guests to use hand sanitiser or to wash their hands when they arrive at your home or do so when you arrive at someone else’s home

Limit Contact

  • Try to avoid hugs, kisses and handshakes as people arrive
  • Don’t share items like crockery and glassware
  • Avoid sharing food and buffet style set ups
  • Use single-use options when you can

Give a little extra space

  • Try to allow extra space at the dinner table
  • Extra distance between settings will make sure everyone is comfortable and keeps safe
  • People from the same households should sit together

In the Kitchen

  • Remember to wear a mask when cooking and serving food
  • Limit the amount of people in the kitchen

Fresh air

  • Keep your home and spaces where people are gathering ventilated
  • Keep windows and doors open where possible
  • Try and get out for a walk or spend some time in the fresh air

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