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Here’s all you need to know about Ireland’s recent easing of restrictions

DUBLIN: The Irish Government has introduced a significant easing of restrictions, marking the country’s largest reopening since the pandemic began. The cabinet also ordered the resumption of international travel. The latest phase of easing restrictions will begin in June and last until August. Accordingly, Ireland will regain its old normal life.


Hospitality sector

Hotels will reopen on June 2. Those who have booked a table in advance can eat and drink indoors. If the distance between the tables is more than two meters, there will be no time limit for spending indoors. But if it is less than two metres, But if it is less than two meters, you must pre-book and can only stay for 105 minutes. Fifteen minutes will be allowed for cleaning.

From June 7, outdoor dining will be permitted in all pubs, both those that serve food and those that do not. Outdoor dining requires only one meter of space between tables. A table can only accommodate six people over the age of 13, or 15 people if there are minors in the group.

Two household are permitted to gather regardless of vaccination status.  

Cinemas, Gyms, leisure centres

Movie theaters will open on June 7th, but there will be limits on how many people can seat in each theatre.

Gyms, pools, leisure centers and swimming training can be opened for individual training.


Test events take place in June and July, and spectators are allowed. Leinster v Dragons match at the RDS on June 11th, the LOI Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps match on June 11th and the League of Ireland Cork City v Cabinteely match on the same date.

Racing events will be held in Curragh at the end of June. The Camogie league final on June 20th in Croke park and the Shamrock Rovers vs Drogheda match on June 26th. Fans can also attend the Morton Stadium National Athletics Championships on June 26th. The attendance at these matches is limited to a maximum of 200 people at venues that can accommodate 5,000 or more people.


The outdoor music festival will take place on June 26 at Phoenix Park, with a maximum of 3,500 people. An outdoor concert will be held on June 10 at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin for 500 guests.

There will be two test concerts outside of Dublin, one in June at the INEC Club in Killarney and the other on June 23rd at the University Limerick Concert Hall.

Wedding reception

From June 7, up to 25 guests can attend a wedding reception.


Hospitality sector

Indoor hospitality for pubs and restaurants will resume on July 5. Three household are allowed to gather.


Foreign travel resumes from July 19th when Ireland signs up to the EU COVID-19 Certificate. The existing Government advice to avoid non-essential travel, as well as the related fines, will remain in place until July 18th.


The Irish Golf Open will be held in July at Mount Juliet in Kilkenny. Shamrock Rovers will face Dandalk at Tomlot Stadium on July 2.

On July 3, the Aviva Stadium will host the Ireland vs. Japan rugby match as well as the Cork vs. Limerick Munster GAA hurling semi-final. The GAA football championships between Roscommon and Galway will take place on July 4th, followed by the Ireland vs. USA ruby match on July 10th.

Spectators will be admitted to all matches from July 5, with the number increasing from 200 to 500.

Gigs and Concerts

On July 3rd, there will be a traditional music session in Galway’s Róisn Dubh. A comedy gig will also take place on Vicar Street on the same day. The Cork Opera House will host an event on July 10. There will be a nightclub event in the Jam Park in Swords in Dublin at the end of July.

Wedding reception

Up to 50 guests can attend wedding receptions in July


The number of spectators at indoor events will increase to 200 in the big venues and 100 in others. From August 5, matches will be open to 5,000 spectators or 25% of capacity in larger venues. Up to 100 guests can attend the wedding receptions. The public transport capacity restriction of 50% will be lifted, allowing for full capacity.

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