New restrictions from 24 December

From 24 December at 3pm, restaurants and pubs serving food will close. Hairdressers and personal services will also close from Christmas Eve.

Non-essential retail will be permitted to stay open, but shops will be asked not to hold sales. Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools will remain open, but only for individual exercise.

Visits from two households will be allowed until St Stephen’s Day, but that will then be reduced to one household until December 31st, and home visits will be banned completely in the new year. From 27 December you must stay within your county unless you need to leave for essential purposes.

More information on the Irish government website.