COVID-19 Information for Visitors to Achill

For full details of the Irish Govt.’s plans for recovery from COVID-19 restrictions, see Statement: The Path Ahead (last update 1st September).

The current restrictions allow:

  • Inter-county travel permitted
  • Outdoor organised events can take place with up to 200 people in attendance at most venues.
  • Galleries, museums, libraries and cultural attractions can open
  • Public transport to run at 75% capacity
  • Personal services (hairdressers, barbers, beauticians) open by appointment
  • Retail open in-store (including ‘non-essential’ retail)
  • Accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, hostels) can reopen.
  • Restaurants and bars are open for outdoor service for groups of up to 6 people, not including children under 13.
  • Indoor Dining: To access indoor service, you must show proof that you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months. Children under 18 who are dining with you do not need proof of vaccination or recovery. You may be asked for proof that your child is under 18.
  • Weddings – Up to 100 people can attend a wedding service and reception.
  • From 6th September:

    • Indoor events can take place with 60% of the venue’s maximum capacity, provided all the people attending are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months. This includes live entertainment, indoor conferences, live music and indoor sporting events.
    • Live music at weddings is allowed.
    • Organised outdoor events can take place with a capacity limit of 75% where people attending are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19. Where not all members of the audience are fully vaccinated or recovered, a capacity limit of 50% applies.
    • Religious ceremonies can take place with 50% of the place of worship’s normal capacity.
    • Coach tours can take place at 75% capacity.

    From 20th September:

    • Indoor group activities, like sports, art and dance classes, can take place with up to 100 people, provided everyone has been fully vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months. Otherwise, pods of up to 6 people are allowed. The number of pods permitted depend on the size of the venue.
    • Outdoor group activities can take place without restrictions. This does not include attendance at organised events (for example, an outdoor concert or sports match).
    • In person attendance in offices and other places of work is permitted on a staggered basis.

    From 22nd October (subject to public health advice):

    • Vaccination or recovery certificates (for example, the EU COVID Digital Certificate) are no longer needed to go to an indoor restaurant, pub or other venue. You will still need them for international travel.
    • You do not have to wear a face covering, except on public transport, in shops and in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
    • Restrictions on numbers that can attend events no longer apply, including weddings; indoor and outdoor events and activities; and
      religious ceremonies.
    • Nightclubs can reopen.

    Plan your summer 2021

    Covid Framework

    Please note that Achill Tourism’s two offices (in Achill Sound and Keel) plus our Crazy Golf business have all completed the Failte Ireland COVID-19 Safety Charter certification. Look out for this logo when planning your visits. More information.

    COVID-19 Safety Charter logo

    COVID-19 Information & Resources

    Irish Govt. COVID-19 Information

    HSE Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Travel Advice from Ireland’s Dept. of Foreign Affairs

    Official public health guidelines