29 May 2022

New Covid-19 LOCKDWN looms as NPHET recommends strict Level 5 restriction


REPORT: NPHET recommend Level 5 restrictions for entire country

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, is back at the helm of NPHET

NPHET has recommended to Government that Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions should be imposed on the entire country to stem the resurgence of the coronavirus.

The National Public Health Emergency Team's recommendation is contained in a letter to Government following a meeting on Sunday chaired by Dr Tony Holohan on his first day back as the Chief Medical Officer. The restrictions would be imposed for four weeks according to the letter to Government.

Under Level 5 people will be required to work from home unless their work is essential. Non-essential business would have to close. Schools can open but the 5km rule will return. No visits will be permitted between households.

The Covid-19 oversight group will consider the recommendation first. It will then go to the Cabinet Sub-Committee and the full Cabinet which is currently scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaist Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan are due to meet Dr Holohan to discuss the matter further.

So, what does Level 5 mean in terms of restrictions?


Social and family gatherings

In your home or garden.

Own household only - no visitors.

Other settings outside your home or garden. No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.

Up to 6 guests can attend a wedding ceremony and reception.

Organised indoor gatherings

These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager.

For example: business, training events, conferences, events in theatres and cinemas or other arts events (excluding sport).

No organised indoor gatherings should take place.

Organised outdoor gatherings

These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: outdoor Arts events, training events.

No organised outdoor gatherings should take place.

Exercise and sporting events


Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes.

Matches and events

No matches or events to take place.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools closed.

Religious services

Services will be held online.

Places of worship remain open for private prayer.


Up to 10 mourners can attend.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions

All venues closed.

Online services available.

Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars)

Take away food or delivery only.

Wet pubs

Take away or delivery only.

Nightclubs, discos, casinos

Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

Hotels and accommodation

Open only for those with essential non-social and non-tourist purposes.

Retail and services (for example: hairdressers, beauticians, barbers)

Face coverings must be worn.

Essential retail only. All other retail and personal services closed.


Work from home unless it is for working in health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home.

Domestic travel restrictions

Stay at home.

Exercise within 5 kilometres of home.

Schools, creches and higher and adult education

Open with protective measures in place.

Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks

Open with protective measures in place.


Face coverings must be worn.

Walk or cycle where possible.

Public transport capacity will be restricted to 25%.

Avoid public transport - essential workers and essential purposes only.

Over 70 and medically vulnerable individuals

Those aged over 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home. Specific guidance will be issued.

Visiting long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)

Suspended, aside from critical and compassionate circumstances.

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