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Situation in Ireland


Situation in IrelandThroughout this crisis, Ireland has taken a measured, consistent and evidence-led approach to the challenge involved. Ireland has followed a graduated approach based on the best available international and local advice. In Ireland the lead has been taken by scientific experts, with full Government support. The Irish Government has issued strict instructions for people to stay at home until 18th May, with some exceptions.

Staying safe - when you can leave your home

Restrictions are in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay at home in all circumstances, except in the following situations:

  • To travel to and from work, if your work cannot be carried out from home
  • To shop for essential food and household goods
  • To attend medical appointments and collect medicines
  • 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 animals
  • To engage in physical exercise within 5 kilometres of home, adhering to 2 metre social distancing
  • To meet with friends or family within 5 kilometres in groups of no more than 4, adhering to 2 metre social distancing
  • To avail of the expanded list of retail services 

Click here for more information on the COVID-19 restrictions 

Safeguarding your health - closure of campuses

All University and College campuses are currently closed. The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Click here for more information on COVID-19 restrictions. Higher education institutions will commence re-opening on a phased basis at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year. The Government of Ireland’s roadmap for re-opening society and business is available on

Maintaining your study and achieving your results

All higher education institutions have made arrangements to deliver courses at distance and provide alternatives to traditional examinations. Your institution can provide you with the information you need about your course.

New students planning to start in the 2020/21 Academic Year

We’re hoping to welcome you for the 2020/21 academic year. We continue to explore all options to make this a reality. Contact your institution for regular updates on the plans for 2020/21.