At a glance: Covid restrictions for Christmas and New Year

At A Glance: Covid Restrictions For Christmas And New Year At A Glance: Covid Restrictions For Christmas And New Year
Ireland will re-introduce some Covid restrictions over Christmas. Photo: PA
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Tomas Doherty

The Taoiseach confirmed on Friday evening that the State will re-introduce some Covid restrictions, following “very stark” advice from the chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan.

Micheál Martin said that from December 7th to January 9th, a range of new public health measures will take effect.

Here is a summary of the restrictions that will be in place during the Christmas and New Year period.


Nightclubs will close from December 7th to January 9th.

Restaurants, bars and hotels

Strict social distancing will be required in all bars and restaurants, including hotels.

There will be table service only, with at least 1 metre between tables.

A maximum of six adults will be allowed per table and no multiple table bookings will be permitted. Masks must be worn when not at the table.

Closing time remains at 12am.



There will be a maximum of 50 per cent capacity at entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events, which must all be fully seated.

Face masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking.

Covid passes

The requirement to show a valid Digital Covid Certificate will be extended to gyms, leisure centres and hotel bars and restaurants.

Home visits

The National Public Health Emergency Team have advised that visits to private homes over coming weeks should be kept to a maximum of three other households at any one time (four households in total).

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