Restricting movements and self-isolation
Q. What is meant by restricted movements?
Restricting your movements means staying at home as much as possible to avoid contact with other people. It helps to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Further information on what practical measures should be implemented when restricting your movements can be found here.
Q. When should I restrict my movements (stay at home):
When there's a chance you may have COVID-19 (coronavirus), restricting your movements helps to stop the spread of the virus. It means staying at home as much as possible to avoid contact with other people. You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.
For advice on when to restrict movements and how long to do it please visit:
For guidance on restricted movements for all symptomatic close contacts please refer to section 6.0 of the National Interim Guidance for Public Health management of COVID-19 cases and contacts.
For guidance on restricted movements for all asymptomatic close contacts refer to Section 7.0 of the National Interim Guidance for Public Health management of COVID-19 cases and contacts.
Q. What does self-isolation mean?
Self-isolation for those with COVID-19 means staying on your own in a room at home and completely avoiding contact with all other people, including other people in your household, so that the infection is less likely to spread within the household. More information on what practical measures should be implemented when self-isolating can be found here.
Q. When should I self-isolate:
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
- If you have a positive antigen test result
- If you are waiting for a test appointment or your test results (There are some situations when a result is pending that a person will be requested to restrict their movements, instead of self-isolate (e.g. when you are a close contact).
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19
- When advised by your GP or another healthcare professional
- If you have had a positive COVID-19 test result, regardless of whether you had symptoms or not. This also applies to those who are fully vaccinated and have had their booster dose.
- In some circumstances when you have travelled from a scheduled state. Please see gov.ie for the most up to date advice relating to travel to Ireland.
Q. What happens if I am a close contact of a case of COVID-19 and I develop symptoms?
If you develop symptoms, even if fully vaccinated, you need to change from restricting your movements to self-isolating- and get a test. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 is recommended to wear a well-fitted medical grade (surgical) or FFP2 face mask. Please see the links for further information on what to do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 and for the difference between self-isolating and restricting movements.
Last updated: 06 January 2022