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In line with the Government's roadmap for a phased reopening of the County as the restrictions around COVID-19 are gradually eased, here you will find details of our own plans to reopen dlr County which will be updated on a regular basis as more information becomes available to us.

The Governement's Overview of Reopening Phases and the Governement's Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business are available in the Related Documents section of this page.

Throughout all stages of the reopening process, it remains each individual's personal responsibility to ensure they maintain a 2 metre physical distance from others.

Phase 1 - Commencing 18th May 2020

Important points to note for Phase 1:

  • The daily 2 hour window between 1:30pm & 3:30pm in dlr parks will remain reserved for use by the elderly and medically vulnerable who are cocooning.
  • It is not possible to facilitate events or gatherings of ANY scale in dlr parks.
  • Exercise limit is still capped at a 5km radius from your home.
  • Maximum group of 4 non family members.
  • We are all in this together, it is your personal responsibility to ensure you maintain a 2 metre physical distance from others at all times, and in all areas, when you are outside of your household. Protect yourself - protect others!


Shanganagh and Goatstown allotments will be reopening, with strict adherence to social distancing and HSE guidelines. The relevant committees will be responsible for ensuring visiting times and physical distancing are adhered to.


All car parks for our dlr parks will be reopened. Concessions and coffee shops in our parks will be reopened, with strict physical distancing in place, operating limited services, and providing takeaway refreshments only.


Pedestrian access is being maintained at Deansgrange and Shanganagh Cemeteries from 2.00p.m until late evening Monday - Saturday & Open all day Sunday

Sports Facilities

Tennis courts run by clubs and associations will be reopening during this phase, with protocols and physical distancing being managed and monitored by these clubs and associations.
Jamestown golf course, operated by dlr leisure services, in Stepaside will reopen, tee times only available to prebook online.
Outdoor bowling greens in Dún Laoghaire and Shankill will be reopening, with reopening protocols and procedures to be managed by the relevant committees and asssociations.

Bathing Areas

Bathing areas across dlr will commence reopening the week starting 18th May, with a focus on Seapoint bathing area reopening on Tuesday 19th, followed by Sandycove and the Forty Foot areas reopening on Wednesday 20th. The coastal path between the West Pier in Dún Laoghaire and Seapoint will also be reopened alongside Sepoint bathing area on Tuesday 19th. Reopening our bathing areas in stages is being facilitated by the gradual reduction in barrier infrastructure. COVID-19 signage will be placed at all locations.

At Killiney beach, public car parking spaces will reopen. Areas of car parking at Sandycove Avenue West and Vico Road will continue to be closed off temporarily and will be used to reallocate space for pedestrians for physical distancing for period of COVID-19 restrictions.


Remaining closed in Phase 1:

In line with Government guidance, we will be phasing the reopening and availability of our services. As such, the following facilities will remained closed in Phase 1 of our reopening roadmap:

  • Indoor tourism sites such as James Joyce Tower, Dalkey Castle, Marlay House, and Cabinteely House.
  • Public toilets at all locations.
  • Playgrounds at all locations.
  • Multi-use games areas and outdoor gyms.
  • dlr CoCo markets in People's Park and Marlay Park will not be taking place until a later phase.
  • Public buildings and libraries are to remain closed in Phase 1.
  • All other public dlr amenities, services and buildings not mentioned here will remain closed or inoperable until deemed appropriate during Phases 2 through 5.