#TravelSafely to East Clare

Whether you are planning for a fun weekend away or hoping to visit East Clare as part of a longer adventure, we have the latest information on Ireland's re-opening and safety precautions. When you are ready to visit East Clare we want you to feel that you can travel safely with a newfound appreciation for the region.

County Clare is currently in the process of reopening under Ireland's National Framework for Living with COVID-19. The government's Path Ahead public health measures outline the plans for the weeks and months ahead as the country moves towards large scale reopening.

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Ireland's Travel Advisory

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. Effective from 4 February 2021, a legal requirement for quarantine has been introduced for all passengers arriving in Ireland.

All passengers arriving into the State must have obtained a negative test result from a COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Children aged six and under are exempt from this requirement.

All passengers arriving from or having transited through any Category 2 Countries and Territories are required to undertake mandatory hotel quarantine for a period of 14 days. These passengers must pre-book a place in the designated facility prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers will be required to present evidence of this booking to their flight or ferry operator in order to board the flight or ferry. To find the latest list of category 2 countries and territories, click here.

All other passengers arriving into the State have a legal requirement to home quarantine. They are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. The passenger can have a shorter quarantine period if they obtain a negative RT-PCR test no less than five days after arrival.

Covid-19 Safety Charter

Fáilte Ireland launched the Covid-19 Safety Charter in the summer of 2020, this is a government-endorsed initiative that aims at reinforcing confidence in visitors to tourism businesses. It also brings comfort and reassurance to employees, employers and customers to a business that your business is ready to re-open safely.

COVID-19 Safety Charter, what this means for the business by agreeing to this code

When a business signs up to this safety charter, the business is saying that it will follow the sector-specific guidelines outlined by Fáilte Ireland for hospitality and tourism businesses. Those who display this safety charter agree to the Terms and Conditions, adhere to the official advice and ensure that all employees have undertaken Covid-19 safety and hygiene control training. This charter demonstrates to customers that you are operating in line with current government health advice and have a range of safety and cleaning protocols in place.

Here is a complete list of East Clare members who have attained the Covid-19 Safety Charter.

Mask Wearing

By law, you must wear a face mask when using public transport and in shops, indoor settings, shopping centres, post offices, banks and credit unions.

Face coverings must be worn when circulating around outdoor dining areas and when going indoors to use toilet facilities.

In situations where social distancing cannot be maintained it is recommended that face masks are worn, such as at crowded outdoor markets or on busy streets.

What to Know When Visiting East Clare

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Accommodation providers including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels reopened on June 2nd. Indoor restaurant and bar services must be restricted to overnight guests/residents only.

Services like leisure centres are limited to members, guests and residents. Sessions can be booked through a booking system.

Activities & Attractions

Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres can open for individual training only. Swimming classes and lessons are permitted to operate. Booking systems are in place to limit numbers.

Activity providers are operating with COVID-19 safety precautions in mind. Pre-booking is essential and numbers are limited to a max capacity of 15.

Cinemas and theatres have reopened, and are operating at a reduced capacity.

Attractions are open with protective measures in place. They are operating at a reduced capacity that is limited to the max capacity, taking account of the Public Health Advice of the time. Guided tours within indoor attractions are not permitted at present.

Dining & Restaurants

Under the current restrictions, outdoor dining is permitted while indoor dining is not permitted. Restaurants and bars are open for outdoor service for groups of up to 6 people aged 13 and upwards. The combined table capacity cannot exceed 15 overall.

Many restaurants and cafés are also operating a takeaway service to complement their outdoor dining service. Social distancing is enforced when collecting or placing your order, and masks must be worn.

The outdoor dining areas of restaurants must be clear of all patrons by 11:30pm.

Subject to the public health situation at the time, on July 5th indoor dining service can resume.

Drinking & Pubs

Under the current restrictions, pubs and bars are permitted to open for outdoor dining. Outdoor service is available for groups of up to 6 people.

Many pubs and bars are operating a takeaway service. Takeaway drinks must be consumed at least 100m away from the premise in which they are bought.

The outdoor areas of pubs and bars must be clear of all patrons by 11:30pm.

Subject to the public health situation at the time, on July 5th indoor service can resume, strictly limited to table service.

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