Reopeing Ireland

Reopening Ireland

Employers are cautioned to stay safe and healthy by:

  • Keeping the workplace safe and clean
  • Providing training on new work practices and hygiene
  • Making sure employees know how to reduce the risk of infection
  • Making sure customers are safe

Employees are charged with:

  • Participating in training on new work practices and hygiene
  • Being aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID 19
  • Monitoring one’s own well being
  • Reporting to managers if symptoms develop at work

The government have gradually began reopening Ireland from since May 28th and will continue to do so over the summer period.

Reopening Ireland – Dates

7th June:

  • You can have visitors to your home from one other household
  • Restaurants and bars can reopen for outdoor service for groups of up to 6 people
  • Wedding receptions can have up to 25 people in attendance
  • Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres can reopen for individual training
  • Swimming lessons and classes can take place
  • Outdoor sports matches can take place
  • Cinemas and theatres can reopen
  • Outdoor events can have up to 100 people attend. 200 people can attend venues with capacity of 5000 or more
  • Driver Theory Test Services can partially re-open (25,000 tests per month with related opening of driver test centres)
  • Drive-in cinema and drive-in bingo can take place

5th July:

  • You can have visitors to your home from up to 3 other households
  • Restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor service
  • Indoor training and exercise can resume in pods of up to 6 people.
  • Indoor events can have up to 50 people attend in groups of 6 people. Larger venues can have up to 100 in attendance with strict public health measures in place
  • Outdoor events can have up to 200 in attendance. Larger outdoor venues can have up to 500 in attendance with capacity of 5000 or more
  • Wedding receptions can have up to 50 people attend
  • Indoor activities such as bowling alleys, snooker halls and children’s play centres can reopen

19th July:


From August:

Depending on public health advice, more of reopening Ireland will take place, including:

  • Wedding receptions and other celebrations can have up to 100 people attend
  • Public transport will operate at full capacity
  • Increased numbers will be permitted at both indoor and outdoor events

Trial sports and music events will also take place in June.


Government Supports – Reopening Ireland

The COVID-19 Income Support Scheme provides financial support to Irish workers and businesses affected by the crisis.

  • Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme: The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), provides a flat-rate subsidy to qualifying employers based on the numbers of eligible employees on the employer’s payroll.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment: The Pandemic Unemployment Payment is available to employees and the self-employed who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme will close to new applicants from 1 July 2021.
  • Short-time Work Support: Employees of businesses that need to reduce hours or days worked can avail of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Short-time Work Support.

For more please click here.


For more on Temporary Wage Scheme read:

Temporary Wage Scheme

Changes to Maternity Benefit Application Form

Child Benefit Tax Entitlements

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