Due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus cases at social gatherings in homes, the government has introduced new measures to limit the number of people who can gather in a house at once. We’ve all been looking forward to getting together with friends and family but it’s more important than ever that we all continue to take steps to protect ourselves and others. Here’s all you need to know about socialising safely indoors.
Yes, but with strict limitations. Level 2 guidance currently applies to every county except Dublin (as of 15 Sept 2020). This means that you can have up to 6 people from no more than 3 households in your home or garden. In Dublin, social visits to your home or garden are limited to no more than 6 people from 1 household. This could include having friends or family over for lunch, bbq or small party.
In general though, it's best to limit the number of people you’re in close contact with in all circumstances. Going to a social event in a home means that you’re at increased risk of catching the virus and spreading it to those you love and within your community.
What guidance should we follow to stay safe?
You should not visit someone else’s home if you:
Keep track of who you spend time with for contact tracing purposes. Download the Covid-19 Tracker App now
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 are increasing due to more socialising in homes (and with more people attending) and cases are rising rapidly in Dublin. As Covid-19 restrictions evolve, it can be tempting to think that everything is back to the way it was before. However, even with the restrictions easing, the virus hasn’t disappeared. We all need to continue to follow the guidelines on social distancing, washing your hands, limiting close contact with people outside of your household and wearing face coverings.