Starting at 18:00 on 12th March 2020, the Irish government have announced closures of all state-run cultural institutions (including most museums, galleries, and other tourist attractions), as well as schools, colleges and childcare facilities, until 29th March. It has also advised that indoor gatherings of 100 people or more, and outdoor gatherings of 500 people or more be cancelled. It is likely the closures will extend beyond this date.
Since then, pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops (other than supermarkets, pharmacies and other food stores) have also closed. All St. Patrick’s Day parades and related festivals have been cancelled across Ireland. Most sporting events across the country have been cancelled.
As of 2020-03-21, most public transport, food shops and pharmacies are still operating.
Concerns relating to already booked accommodation, flights, etc, should be directed at the relevant provider.
Current advice is to Stay At Home — there will be plenty of time to visit all of Ireland’s many attractions, pubs, restaurants once this crisis has passed!
For further information:
- Irish Government: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/
- HSE (Health Service Executive): https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/