As of midnight tonight (Thursday 13th January) the following changes to managing close contacts of Covid-19 cases will take effect.
These changes will help alleviate the acute COVID-related staff shortages that have developed over recent weeks. The new rules include the following provisions:
- Asymptomatic close contacts who have received a booster dose of the vaccine will no longer be required to restrict their movements for five days. There will be a recommendation for individuals to use higher-grade masks and take regular antigen tests.
- Asymptomatic close contacts who have not received a booster dose, but who have had COVID in the last three months, will similarly no longer be required to restrict their movements for five days.
- Asymptomatic close contacts who have not received a booster dose will still be required to restrict their movements for seven days.
- The isolation period for those with confirmed COVID cases will be reduced to seven days, from 10 days.
- There will no longer be a requirement to confirm an antigen test result with a PCR test for people aged four to 39 years (the HSE website will be updated to allow people register positive antigen tests and close contacts, who will then be sent tests).
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