Changes to the isolation periods for Covid-19 have been approved today by cabinet and will take effect from midnight tomorrow (Thurs).
The decision brings an end to the five day isolation period for fully vaccinated close contacts who do not have any Covid-19 symptoms.
However, they will be advised to wear a medical or higher grade mask and to take regular antigen tests.
Close contacts who have not received a booster vaccine will have to restrict their movements for seven days.
Anyone who has Covid-19 will now have to isolate for seven rather than ten 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.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says the HSE website will be upgraded to enable people upload positive antigen tests and close contact details who would then be sent tests.