What does Level 3 restrictions mean?

Every county in the Republic of Ireland will be moved to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions from midnight. But what does Level 3 restrictions actually mean?

Level 3 restrictions is the third highest level of restrictions in the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap which was introduced in mid-September.

Under Level 3 restrictions, visitors to private homes and gardens should be limited to a maximum number of 6 from one other household.

No social/family gatherings should take place, with exemptions to this for weddings and funerals.

People should remain in their county with the exception of those who must travel for work, education and other essential purposes outside of their county.

All workers should work from home unless absolutely necessary.

Schools and education facilities will remain open.


No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter county and senior club championship – all to take place behind closed doors.

Indoor training should be confined to individuals only and no classes are to take place.

Business and Services

All retail shops and shopping centres may remain open. All services such as hairdressers, beauticians, barbers, opticians etc. may remain open with strict adherence to sectoral guidance on protective measures

Gyms/leisure centres, swimming pools may remain open for individual use only and with protective measures.

Restaurants and cafes (including bars/pubs serving food/wet pubs) may remain open for take-away and delivery and outdoor dining/service to an absolute maximum of 15 people.

You can find a full list of all implications of Level 3 restrictions on the government website here: