Donegal Joins Dublin in Level 3 Lockdown

County Donegal has been placed into Level 3 of Ireland's Resilience and Recovery Plan for living with Covid-19. The measures come into place from Midnight on Friday, September 25th. Donegal will remain at Level 3 for a period of 3 weeks, until Friday, 16th October. It will be then reviewed based on the status of the virus and the public health advice. Schools and early learning centres will remain open but all Third Level colleges will be closed.

People living in Donegal should remain in the county (that is, they must not leave Donegal to travel either domestically or internationally), 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.

Level 3 limits the number of people that can visit your home or garden, with a maximum of six visitor from one other household. No family or social gatherings can take place in other settings.

Vulnerable people

Those aged 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others.

Family Events and Religious Services

No more than 25 people may attend a wedding or funeral, but this limit will only come into effect from Monday, 21st of September. All religious services go online.


No organised indoor gatherings can take place, no exercise or dance classes, all museums and galleries and cultural attractions are closed.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants may only provide takeaway, outdoor dining and deliveries, while pubs not serving food, nightclubs and casinos are closed.

Visits to nursing and care homes are suspended, except for critical and compassionate circumstances.

Gyms and other venues may open with protective measures but only for individual training.


Organised outdoor gatherings of up to 15 people can take place.

No matches and events can take place, with exemptions for GAA and professional sports, all of which will be behind closed doors.

Playgrounds and parks remain open with protective measures in place.