Public health measures continuing for Kildare a period of two weeks

All people in Kildare should restrict their movements including limiting travel to within their county, other than for the following reasons:

  • to travel to and from work, or for purposes of work and where that work cannot be done from home
  • to attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products
  • for vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, but excluding social family visits
  • for farming purposes, that is food production or care of animal
  • for education

No travel into Kildare, other than for exemptions (as above), and unless travel through these counties is for the purpose of reaching a destination outside of these specified counties (in this regard, people should not stop in Kildare, unless for essential purposes).

People should not use public transport unless it is absolutely necessary to do so, and where possible should not share private vehicles with others from outside their household.

All indoor gatherings including all types of household, private, family or social indoor gatherings of people to be restricted to a maximum of 6 people from no more than 3 households, while maintaining physical distancing. (For the first 2 weeks people in Kildare were asked to restrict to a maximum of 6 people from no more than 3 households in total, including those living in the home. This measure has been eased to reflect the national recommendation on such gatherings, which allows up to six visitors in the home).

Outdoor gatherings to be limited to a maximum of 15 people, while maintaining physical distancing.

Higher risk groups, using their own judgement, be advised to avoid public transport, stay at home and limit visitors except for essential care services.

Cafes, restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants should close except for takeaway and deliveries and outdoor dining up to a maximum of 15 people with appropriate social distancing.

Cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, bingo halls, casinos, betting shops and other indoor recreational and cultural outlets should be closed.

All workers should work from home unless absolutely necessary.

Libraries may remain open.

No sporting events or matches should take place. However, non-contact outdoor sports and training may continue subject to maximum of 15 people, contact sports should cease except for training for professional and elite athletes.

Horse racing behind closed doors may continue.

Gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, exercise and dance studios, sports clubs and similar venues should close.

School reopening preparations may continue.

Childcare facilities may stay open.

Outdoor amenities including playgrounds may remain open with appropriate social distancing advice.

All retail may remain open but with strict adherence to public health guidance including the wearing of face coverings.

Personal services such as hairdressers and barbers may remain open, subject to appropriate social distancing and public health measures.

Prison, nursing homes and acute hospital visits should be suspended, except on compassionate grounds.

Hotels can remain open but must limit occupancy to essential non-social and non-tourist reasons.

Places of worship may remain open for private prayer. Services should be delivered online or through other remote means.

Funerals may take place with a maximum attendance of 25 persons.

All other business, unless otherwise specified, may remain open, subject to appropriate social distancing and public health measures.

Local authorities remain available and ready to support communities in affected counties including through their community response teams to provide for supports to vulnerable of the community affected by these additional restrictions.

All employees (other than some public sector employees who pay a modified rate of social insurance) and self-employed, including non-nationals and people living in Direct Provision, are entitled to claim and receive the special COVID-19 Illness Benefit payment. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at