The Government has confirmed that further Covid-19 restrictions are to be imposed on Donegal.

The county is to move to Level 3 restrictions from midnight tonight. The measures will be in place for three weeks until 16 October.

Here's what is contained in the Level 3 measures for the county:


Visitors to private homes and gardens should be limited to a maximum number of six from one other household.

No social/family gatherings should take place, with exemptions to this for weddings and funerals. 

No organised indoor gatherings should take place. Organised outdoor gatherings are permitted, up to a maximum of 15 people.

People living in Donegal should remain in the county, with the exception of those who must travel for work, education and other essential purposes. 

People living outside of Donegal should not travel to Donegal, with the exception of those who must travel for work, education and other essential purposes. 

People working in Donegal are asked to work from home unless absolutely necessary.

Schools, early learning and childcare services should remain open. Adult and higher education institutions should remain open, but are asked to review protective measures and take steps to limit congregations as much as possible.

People are asked to walk or cycle where possible so that public transport is available for use by essential workers and for essential work only.


Sports

No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter-county and senior club championships all to take place behind closed doors.

Horse racing may continue but behind closed doors.

Non-contact training activities can continue in the outdoors and in pods of up to 15, with certain exemptions.

Indoor training should be confined to individuals only and no classes are to take place.


Business and services

All retail shops and shopping centres may remain open. All services such as hairdressers, beauticians, barbers, opticians etc. may remain open.

Libraries will be available for e-services and call and collect. 

All outdoor playgrounds, play areas, parks will remain open.

Gyms/leisure centres, swimming pools may remain open for individual use only and with protective measures.

Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs may remain open but with services limited to residents.

Restaurants and cafes (including bars/pubs serving food/wet pubs) may remain open for take-away and delivery and outdoor dining/service to a maximum of 15 people.

Religious services will move online, though places of worship may remain open for private prayer.

All indoor museums, galleries, cinemas and other cultural attractions should close.


Over 70s and medically vulnerable

Those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable are advised to continue to exercise personal judgement.

It is recommended that they stay at home as much as possible, limit engagement to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced.

When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain two metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home.

It is recommended to shop during designated hours only while wearing a face covering, and to avoid public transport.