New restrictions aimed at curbing spread of Covid-19


The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 person with COVID-19 in Ireland has died.

There has now been a total of 1,775 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.


As of midnight Monday 17th August, the HPSC has been notified of 190 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 27,499* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 76 are men / 111 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • 75 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 14 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 48 in Kildare, 46 in Dublin, 38 in Tipperary, 20 in Limerick, 7 in Clare and the rest of the 31 cases are in Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “As we learn to live with this disease, we need to strike a balance between enjoying our lives and behaving responsibly. By reducing our social contacts and following the public health advice we can suppress this virus.

“To keep our shops, hotels, restaurants and sporting activities open, we need every household to play it’s part and every workplace and organisation to provide a safe environment so that we can protect our loved ones, safeguard the most vulnerable, protect our health services and ensure children get back to school in the coming weeks.”



At a glance, here are the main points from today’s announcement…

  • All outdoor events and gatherings will be limited to 15 people, down from 200.
  • Indoor events will be reduced from 50 people to just six people, except for businesses such as shops and restaurants.
  • Indoor weddings and some religious services, such as mass, are exempt from the new restrictions, meaning they can still take place with up to 50 people.
  • Restaurants and cafes can remain open, with a mandatory closing time of 11.30pm.
  • The Government will again consider the question of whether or not to allow pubs that do not serve food to reopen at the end of August, as originally planned.
  • All sporting events will now take place behind closed doors. There will be a strict avoidance of social gatherings before and after matches. Training sessions should follow the rule of six people indoors and 15 outdoors.
  • Public transport should be avoided where possible, but arrangements for school transport will proceed as planned.
  • The wearing of facemasks is advised on private transport if households are mixed.
  • All businesses should allow staff to work from home where possible.
  • All visits to homes will be limited to six people from outside the home, from no more than three households. This applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings.
  • People over the age of 70 are advised to limit their interactions to a small network, avoid public transport, and shop during designated hours.
  • The ministers for health and justice are considering introducing legislation to give additional powers to gardaí and other agencies, to enforce public health measures.

Cases by county

Note: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre have advised that in the process of validating data and reviewing addresses, county totals may change due to cases being reassigned to another county. Totals can go up or down.

County Number of cases % of total Change since the day before
Carlow 204 0.8 No change
Cavan 882 3.2 No change
Clare 432 1.6 No change
Cork 1,595 5.8 No change
Donegal 505 1.9 +1
Dublin 12,760 46.7 +13
Galway 508 1.9 +1
Kerry 321 1.2 No change
Kildare 2,034 7.5 +23
Kilkenny 372 1.4 No change
Laois 362 1.3 +4
Leitrim 85 0.3 No change
Limerick 655 2.4 No change
Longford 290 1.1 +1
Louth 807 3 No change
Mayo 585 2.1 No change
Meath 867 3.2 +4
Monaghan 550 2 +1
Offaly 601 2.2 +2
Roscommon 350 1.3 No change
Sligo 156 0.6 No change
Tipperary 565 2.1 No change
Waterford 168 0.6 No change
Westmeath 683 2.5 +1
Wexford 247 0.9 No change
Wicklow 725 2.7 +1

*All statistics measured at midnight on Sunday 16 August.

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