Information on Covid-19 if you are visiting the Boyne Valley

Last updated: 10th July 2020

Please adhere to the advice from the Ireland’s Health Service HSE to help slow the spread of Covid-19. Please read the guidelines on the HSE website to learn how to protect yourself and otherspractice social distancing and the importance of regular hand washing.

Current advice is to;

  • wash your hands well and often
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing, and discard used tissue safely
  • distance yourself at least 2 metres away from other people, especially those who might be unwell
  • limit your contact with others when out and about
  • keep your close contacts to a small number of people
  • limit the amount of time you spend in direct contact with other people
  • avoid crowded areas. If an area looks busy, go somewhere else or return at a quieter time
  • wear a face covering in situations where physical distancing is not possible, for example shops and busy public transport, or if you are meeting someone who is vulnerable to the virus, for example people who are extremely medically vulnerable and people over 70 years. Wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others. Guidance on safe use of face coverings is available here
  • keep a log of all of your contacts throughout the day

Government Recommendations

The Irish Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business was published on May 18th, from which point Ireland will re-open in a slow, phased way.  The Plan sets out five stages for unlocking restrictions, at three-week intervals.

Download Ireland’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business.

Ireland is now in Phase 3 of the roadmap  as of June 29th 2020.

Most businesses, services and cultural activities can now reopen. You are now also allowed to travel throughout the country.

You can see the full list of measures in place right now by clicking here.

To plan your visit to the Boyne Valley, visit our blog of up to date features of the Boyne Valley. 

It is advisable to check the website or social media of individual businesses in advance of travelling as opening hours and booking requirements may have changed to accommodate social distancing requirements.

    • OPW sites are reopening on a phased basis, please visit this site for further information and see below the sites that have reopened /are due to reopen in Counties Meath and Louth, across the Boyne Valley.
    • Please see our Whats on page for upcoming events across the Boyne Valley.
    • Most Restaurants and cafes have now reopened since June 29th 2020. Click here for details of where to eat when visiting the Boyne Valley. 
    • Most Hotels, Hostels, B&B’s, Guesthouses, Self-Catering and other tourist accommodation have reopened since June 29th 2020, having been brought forward from phase 4 and are now taking bookings. Click here for details of accommodation in the Boyne Valley. 
    • Most Bars that operate as restaurants have reopened since June 29th 2020
    • Museums, galleries and other cultural outlets have started to reopen since June 29th 2020.
    • The Boyne Valley has many beautiful walks available for people to enjoy. Visitors are advised to adhere to social distancing and hand hygeine guidance. 
    • Retail reopened on June 8th with staggered reopening times, check with each retailer on reopening dates and check opening times.

 

County Meath and County Louth OPW Sites

Site Name

Items (if applicable)

Phase 1 May 18th

Phase 2 June 8th
(pending government announcements – please check before travel)

Phase 3

June 29th

Phase 4

July 20th

(pending government announcements – please check before travel)

Phase 5

August 10th

Bective Abbey

Full Site

Open

 

 

 

 

Bru Visitor Centre

Newgrange

Knowth


Dowth

 

Grounds Only

Grounds Only, possibly to top of mound

Grounds only

 

 

 

 

To open

To open

To open


To open

 

Hill of Slane

 

Graveyard

Grasslands

Open

Open

 

 

 

 

Hill of Tara

Works Required

 

 

 Open

 

 

Loughcrew

Works Required

 

 

 Open

 

 

Oldbridge

Gardens & Parklands & carpark

Open

 

 

 

 

Old Mellifont Abbey

Grounds only

Open

 

 

 

 

Trim Castle

Grounds only

Open

 

 

 

 

Travel and Public Transport

  • For the latest information on travel to Ireland, please check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website here
  • For travel within Ireland, public transport is operating with revised timetables. Please check with the individual service provider or visit transportforireland.ie or their dedicated covid 19 page
  • For the safety of everyone please exercise social distancing and follow the guidelines as set out by the Government of Ireland.

International travel
The current advice for phase 3 is: