Everything we know so far about the lifting of current restrictions

By Fiona Frawley

January 21, 2022 at 9:28am


Yesterday evening, the news began to break that NPHET had given the go ahead for an easing of the majority of restrictions currently in place.

A letter from the Chief Medical Officer regarding NPHET's recommendations was sent to Government yesterday evening, according to RTÉ.

The Cabinet will now meet today to consider NPHET's recommendations, and agree on an exact timetable for when each restriction should be lifted.

While we don't know exactly when the measures currently in place will be eased, there's speculation that the 8pm curfew for hospitality could be lifted as early as this weekend.

Following NPHET's recommendations, an end of the use of Covid Certs for entry to pubs and restaurants is also expected. It's also believed that punters will be allowed to drink at the bar counter once again.


Restricted numbers for indoor and outdoor events are also set to be removed.

A phased return to work has also been recommended to give workplaces time to organise their own individual safety measures, according to The Irish Times.

According to the Irish Examiner, NPHET has recommended that limits on household visiting can now be ended, and it is also believed the two-metre social distancing requirement is also no longer deemed necessary.

It is believed that the only rules expected to remain in place will be those on mask wearing, isolating and getting tested if you're experiencing Covid symptoms and certs being required for travel.


A Cabinet meeting will take place at 3pm today to discuss the changes, with an address from the Taoiseach expected for 6pm.


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