COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The government has agreed Ireland’s plan for the next and final phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting. Subject to the continuation of this progress, we will enter a final phase on 22 October, which is likely to last until at least next Spring. This phase will see the majority of restrictions lifted and replaced by guidance and advice to enable us to work together to protect ourselves and to live our lives to the fullest extent possible.

Public health measures in place right now
Public health measures that will come into place from 22 October

Please continue to protect yourself and others by following public health advice available here.

Limerick City and County Council continues to provide its services, although delivery of these services is governed by the prevailing Covid-19 guidance at the time.

You can continue to be contact Limerick City and County Council by Phone: 061 556000, Email: customerservices@limerick.ie, Online: My Limerick on Limerick.ie.

Our Corporate Buildings in Merchant’s Quay and Dooradoyle, along with the Municipal District Offices in Kilmallock, Rathkeale and Newcastle West and Regeneration Offices are open to the public.

The opening hours are:

  • Customer Services (9am-5pm)
  • Cash Desk (9.15am-4pm)
  • Motor Tax (9.15am-3.30pm)
  • Planning (9am-4pm)
  • Regeneration Offices (9am-1pm)

The appropriate safety measures for staff working in offices and customers/ visitors continue to be in effect and all safe work practices remain in force.

In this regard continuing to adhere to public health advice is of utmost importance:

  • Hand hygiene methods
  • Practice good coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • Respect and Practice Social Distancing – this is currently at two metres from others
  • Limiting physical interactions is crucial to preventing the spread of the virus

Please note there is a limit to the number of staff in the office at any one time, so the best way to contact the Council is via


 

Government and Health Updates

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Impact on Service Provision

A number of services are temporarily curtailed:

  • From Monday 9th August, Motor Tax public counters in Dooradoyle are open to the public. Click here for more.
  • From Tuesday 11th May, 2021, Limerick Libraries are open to the public. To download a full list of libraries re-opening and their opening times, click here.
  • Housing Maintenance - from Monday 9th August normal housing maintenance service will resume, with Covid-19 safety measures in place.
  • Gortadroma Civic Amenity site open to the public on Wednesdays only. (regular hours of 9am to 3pm, closed for lunch 1pm - 1.30pm)
  • Dog Shelter operating on appointment only basis.
  • Strict social distancing precautions are in place for burials in Council-owned cemeteries around open plots and access during burial remains restricted. 

All of these measures are in place to protect staff and customers and to help minimise the spread of Covid-19.

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Business Supports

  • Limerick City and County Council recognises the financial pressures being experienced by certain sectors and encourages any ratepayers experiencing difficulties in paying their commercial rates to get in contact.
     
  • For information about grants and supports aimed at the tourism and hospitality sector as they navigate their way through the Covid-19 pandemic, click here.
     
  • Covid-19 Six-Month Waiver of Commercial Rates FAQs - click here
     
  • Shop Limerick provides an opportunity for hundreds of retailers across the city and county to showcase their online offering with the development of the one-stop platform on the local authority’s website, Limerick.ie. If you would like to submit your business details to our directory of businesses trading online, please download this form and when completed, email to web.content@limerick.ie.
     
  • The Small Business Assistance Scheme for Covid (SBASC 2), is now closed for applications.
  • The Business Restart Grant Plus including the top-ups applied nationwide and in certain counties, is now closed for applications. A new COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) was established as part of Budget 2021 on 13 October 2020 and is being operated by the Revenue Commissioners.

  • The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Limerick is there to support local businesses and help ensure they are in the strongest position possible in the face of this unprecedented and continuously evolving crisis.

    The expert staff at LEO Limerick are there to advise and support any small business experiencing difficulties at this time. Business Advisors will offer a discreet one-to-one discussion by phone or other means to suit the business owner.

    Among the supports which can be accessed through LEO Limerick are cash flow supports and supports from Enterprise Ireland... learn more.

  • Work Safely Protocol - COVID-19 National Protocol for Employers and Workers.

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Travel and Public Transport

  • For the latest travel advice, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

  • If you’re concerned about how the Covid-19 situation could affect your travel plans, we recommend that you check with your airline, tour operator, transport and accommodation providers.

  • Domestic Travel - You can travel between counties in Ireland.

  • International Travel - All passengers arriving into Ireland (except those arriving from Northern Ireland) are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

    You also need to have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.

    A relevant EU Digital COVID Certificate constitutes valid proof. However, non RT-PCR tests are not acceptable for entry into Ireland and passengers with a Digital COVID Certificate based on a non RT-PCR test (for example, antigen) require proof of an additional negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. See further information on travelling to Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Public transport is running at 75 percent capacity.

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Planning

From 9th August 2021 the office of the Planning Department in Dooradoyle is open to the public, 9am - 4pm.

Applications are being accepted by post to our office in Dooradoyle.

As per normal planning applications are available to view online here.

Pre-planning meetings continue to be facilitated by email and or by phone. Please telephone the Planning Department on 061 556556 or email planning@limerick.ie to make an appointment, or in relation to any other queries. 

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Attractions and Events

  • From Monday 10th May 2021, Limerick Museum is open to the public.
  • From Monday 10th May 2021, Limerick City Gallery of Art is open to the public.
  • For all attractions and planned events we recommend you to check with relevant organisers and/ or venues for latest updates.

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