Republic of Ireland moves to level 3 restrictions

On the 1st December 2020 the Republic of Ireland moved to level 3 COVID-19 restrictions allowing non contact sports including hunting to restart in pods of 15 people and allow people to travel freely within their county.

Below we have set out the main parts of the restrictions that members should take into consideration.




Outdoors: Non contact training only in pods of up to 15 (for example: golf, tennis, horse riding, hunting, Gaelic games, soccer, outdoor basketball).


No-one should partake in any form of Country Sports if they have any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19 and should immediately self isolate and follow current government advice


While it is down to the individual groups to organise their events, shoots for example may consider splitting into beaters and guns in separate pods of 15 they must however ensure the pods do not and cannot mix throughout the day.

We understand most clubs have reduced the number of birds released this year but due to the lockdown restrictions imposed numbers may still be higher than normal for this time of year. We would suggest where possible shoots try and reschedule their calendars allowing more days if required. Where shoots still feel they will have surplus birds they can request a short extension to the shooting season until 15th February by applying to the National Parks and Wildlife Service normally around the end of December the application form and details can be found here


Hunting can restart in line with the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Associations guidance.


Domestic travel

Stay in your county apart from work, education, medical and other essential purposes, if appropriate.

With this in place those wishing to travel to Republic from Northern Ireland can only do so with a reasonable excuse as listed below and may be turned back.


Travel restrictions

While Ireland is at Level 3, you should not travel outside your county unless you have a reasonable excuse. The following list gives examples of reasonable excuses for leaving your home, as set out in Statutory Instrument 560 of 2020 (pdf):

  • Traveling to work if you cannot work from home
  • Providing care to a vulnerable person or attending to other vital family matters
  • Farming and other agricultural activities
  • Going to school or bringing your child to school
  • Going to college where it is necessary to attend in person
  • Accessing childcare services
  • Travelling to visit your children as part of an access arrangement, or travelling to allow access to children
  • Attending a medical or dental appointment, or going to a medical or dental appointment with a vulnerable person or someone you live with
  • Going to another person’s house if you are in a support bubble with them
  • Seeking essential medical assistance for yourself, someone you live with or for a vulnerable person
  • Donating blood
  • Going to the vet
  • Going to a wedding or funeral
  • Going to court, obeying your bail instructions, attending court offices to initiate emergency legal proceedings
  • Moving accommodation where it is necessary
  • Travel to the airport or port to leave Ireland if you normally live in another country
  • Fleeing domestic abuse or escaping danger

A Garda can give you a fixed charge notice of €100 for travelling without a reasonable excuse.


Fines and fixed penalty notices

For certain offences, you can be fined a fixed amount. A Garda can give you a fixed penalty notice. If you do not pay it within 28 days, you can be prosecuted in court.

A Garda can issue the following fixed penalties under the Health Act 1947 (Fixed Payment Notice and Dwelling Event Provisions) (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, as amended:

OffenceFixed charge
Not wearing a face covering on public transport€80
Not wearing a face covering in a retail outlet€80
Travelling without a reasonable excuse, when one is required€100
Attending a social or recreational gathering in a home€150
Organising a social or recreational gathering in a home€500
Organising a prohibited event that is not in a home€500

CAI understand that we must all do our part to help in the fight against this terrible disease and inline with current advise we should:

  • try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with or anyone not in your support bubble
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it’s hard to stay away from people, such as in shops or on public transport
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
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