Monday, 30th August 2021

Active Retirement Ireland is calling on the Government to provide clearer guidelines for older people wishing to resume indoor activities in their communities as cold weather and dark evenings approach. 

Maureen Kavanagh, CEO of Active Retirement Ireland, said, “Older people have been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. They have been forced to isolate from family and friends and limit social interactions. Thankfully, the majority of older people are now vaccinated but they are still unsure about what they can and cannot do. Some activities have moved outdoors but as autumn and the cold weather approach, older people have questions that need to be answered clearly, including:

  • When can older people return to indoor community activities?
  • What size groups of older people can get together?
  • If fully vaccinated, should older people continue to wear masks and practise social distancing?

“The recent Department of Health guidelines on Covid-19 offer very little clarity for older people who wish to return to their indoor community activities and events. For many older people, these activities are their only social outlet. They have abided by the restrictions and will continue to do so, but we know that if older people don’t return to the full and active social life that they enjoyed before the pandemic, it will have a negative and long-term impact on their physical and mental health.” 


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Notes to Editors:

About Active Retirement Ireland:

Active Retirement Ireland is the national representative body for over 500 Active Retirement Associations throughout Ireland, with a total membership of over 24,000 people. It aims to end loneliness by offering older people opportunities to enjoy an active and healthy retirement.

Further information on Active Retirement Ireland is available at:, @activeirl, #ActiveAgeing

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