Covid-19 impacts on game scheduling – Official handball matches are not allowed after 8pm

COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland


Restrictions have been in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions have affected most aspects of life in Ireland.

You should continue to self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Recent changes to restrictions

From 20 December 2021:

Indoor events

No indoor events are allowed after 8pm. This includes cultural, sporting and community events. Attendance is limited to 1000 people, or 50% of the venue’s capacity (whichever is lower).

Proof of immunity and identification

You can use your EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) or your HSE vaccination record as proof. You need to have photo identification to show that the proof of vaccination or recovery belongs to you.

You can use the following as identification:

  • Driving licence
  • Passport
  • Student card
  • Garda age card
  • Irish Residence Permit (IRP)
  • National identity card
  • Any other official document that includes your photo and was issued outside of Ireland

If you do not have a DCC or HSE vaccination record (because you are visiting Ireland from another country for example), you can use an official vaccination record issued by the country where you were vaccinated or tested for COVID-19.

Events and entertainment

Organised indoor events include:

  • Indoor sports
  • Cinema
  • Theatre
  • Live concerts and entertainment

It does not include religious services, education, workplace or business activities and events (for example, conferences).

No organised indoor events are allowed after 8pm.

Attendance is limited to 1000 people, or 50% of the venue’s capacity (whichever is lower).

You must show proof of immunity to attend. Events must be fully seated and face coverings must be worn except when eating or drinking. Accompanied children do not need to show proof of immunity.

Organised outdoor events are limited to 5000 people or 50% of the venue’s capacity (whichever is lower). You do not need a vaccination or recovery certificate for outdoor events but other protective measures should be in place.

Group activities

If an indoor or outdoor group activity has a mix of vaccinated and recovered people taking part, activities should be in pods of 6 people. This can be adjusted for children under 18 for games and competitions only.

There are no capacity limits for indoor or outdoor group activities.

Gyms and leisure centres

You need to have proof of immunity (for example, the EU DCC) to go to a gym or leisure centre. You do not need one to access a swimming pool in a gym or leisure centre, or to go to a standalone swimming pool.


Laws and penalties

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Page edited: 22 December 202


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