Restricting Movements: A guide for UCC students

What does ‘Restricted Movement’ mean?

All students arriving from countries not on the COVID-19 Green List should restrict their movements for the first 14 days after arrival. The list of ‘Green List Countries’ can be found here. You have a responsibility to minimise the risk of transmission during the 14-day period.

  Restricting movement means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.  This includes: 

  • Not going to campus facilities such as libraries/lecture theatres etc. or a workplace;
  • Not using public transport;
  • Not having visitors in their place of residence;
  • Not visiting others; 
  • Not going to shops or pharmacies unless it is absolutely necessary. Where there is no alternative, a face-covering should be worn;
  • Do not meet face to face with older people, anyone with a long term condition or pregnant women.

 You can still go outside to exercise by yourself as long as you keep 2 metres distance from other people.


Current Irish Government guidance on restricting your movements is available here

Download the UCC Quick Guide on Restricted Movements.

 If you need any support in restricting your movements please get in touch with us at and we will do our best to support you or point you in the right direction.

For how long must I restrict my movements?

Based on current national guidelines, students from must arrive in Ireland at least 14 days before they are due to start their academic studies.

See programme start dates here.


The 14-day restricted movement period should be completed prior to starting your course.

How do I get food, groceries and other supplies while I am restricting my movements?

We advise that you organise a food delivery in advance of your arrival in Cork. Large supermarket groups such as Tesco (, Supervalu (, Aldi ( and Centra ( will all deliver to your accommodation. We suggest that you book your delivery slot weeks in advance and have the food delivered the morning after you arrive (just in case you are delayed). Fresh organic fruit & vegetables can be delivered weekly (every Wednesday in UCC area) to your door by Organic Republic.

Catering providers can deliver prepared meals to you at an added cost. Ask your accommodation provider or landlord about options for the delivery of prepared meals to your location. 

Deliveroo and Just will deliver to you from a wide choice of participating restaurants.

You may find even more information here.

Can I share the house/apartment facilities with my housemates?

Yes. In the first instance, you should ask your landlord/apartment manager if they can supply you with guidelines for safely sharing the facilities (including cooking).

If no guidelines are available, we suggest that you create equitable rotas/schedules for all housemates who are sharing the facilities. A strict cleaning procedure should be adhered to before you enter, and leave, the shared space.

What happens after I complete my 14-day restricted movement?

After 14 days, your and your housemates may be considered a household unit. Therefore, you may wish to relax the need for social distancing. However, we do recommend that a strict regime of sanitising shared spaces be maintained.

What happens if I become ill while restricting my movements?

The health, safety and wellbeing of all our students is critically important to us.

In order to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, there are some steps that UCC students arriving into Ireland from overseas must comply with.

See here for further information on your health obligations with respect to your arrival into Ireland and safe commencement or continuation of your studies at UCC.

If you become ill or need medical advice during your period of restricted movements on arrival in Ireland, please be assured that our Student Health Department is on hand to assist you.

Please contact +353 (0)21 490 2311 if needed. One of our Doctors will return your call and can arrange for you to obtain treatment, undergo investigation (including COVID-19 testing) if required, onward referral to a specialist service or attendance at Accident and Emergency if necessary.

At evenings and weekends and if the Department is closed a recorded voice message on +353 (0)21 490 2311 will advise you of the telephone number to call for assistance.

What happens if my housemate becomes ill while I restrict my movements?

You must restrict your movements for a further 14 days, even if you feel well.

What happens if I am concerned about my mental health?

If you are worried about your mental health, please make contact with a member of our support team. You will find the information here.

If you are hoping to make contact with a support service out of normal business hours, the following information is important:

Crisis Text Line: Text UCC to 50808 to chat anonymously with a trained volunteer. Any issue. Any time.

Samaritans: Emotional support: 24 hours, Freephone 116123 ( 

Pieta House: Support for people at risk of self-harm: 24 hours, Freephone 1800 247 247

UCC General Services Security: 24 Hours, Tel: 4903111

Anglesea Street Gardaí HQ: 24 hours, Tel: 4313031

A+E Cork University Hospital: 24 hours, Tel: 4920230

South Doc (Evenings and week ends) Tel: 1850 335 999

Freephone: 1800 32 32 42
Niteline is a confidential listening service offered by students for students. Available throughout the academic year on Tues, Weds & Thurs from 9.00pm to 1.00am

Links to various external support agencies

What other supports are available while I am restricting my movements?

You should check out UCC’s Keep Well website for information about looking after your mental and physical health and wellbeing.

There are great community groups in Cork, such as the Mexican & Indian Communities, who students could engage with through our current international student societies. Check out the UCC Societies website here for more information.

Be responsible, be safe

Proper hand washing, respiratory hygiene and social distancing are more important than ever.

We are still at risk of a large surge of infection. Everyone should use their judgement and follow the advice below to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Try and limit the number of people you meet with outside of your home and the time you spend with them.

You should:

  • wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and other indoor settings - this is the law, you may be fined or refused entry if you don't wear one
  • work from home if possible - if you cannot work from home, keep 2 metres apart from other people
  • avoid crowded places as much as possible - leave a location if social distancing becomes difficult
  • avoid public transport if possible - walk or cycle instead, if you can
  • avoid places where you can't keep 2 metres apart from other people, where possible
  • wear a face covering when visiting people aged 70 or over, or other vulnerable people - be sure to practice social distancing for their safety
  • avoid sharing vehicles with people you don't live with - wear a face covering if you do

You can:

  • meet a limited number of people indoors or outdoors for social gatherings, but keep at least 2 metres apart - read more information about having visitors and social gatherings
  • attend medical appointments, collect medicine or other health products
  • exercise outdoors or indoors in gyms and sports clubs while following public health advice
  • visit outdoor spaces, playgrounds and tourism sites, where you can keep at least 2 metres apart from other people

How can I protect myself and others after I have restricted my movements for 14 days?

Please make sure to update your symptom tracker daily. More information can be found here. Details needed.

It is also important to download the Covid-19 Tracker app by clicking here.

There is no vaccine for coronavirus.

To protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19), think about how the virus is spread.

Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect you, it has to get from an infected person's nose or mouth into your eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces).

Social distancing

Social distancing is important to help slow the spread of coronavirus. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.

You should:

  • keep a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people
  • avoid communal sleeping areas
  • avoid any crowded places
  • not shake hands or make close contact with other people, if possible

There is very little risk if you are just passing someone. But try to keep a distance of 2 metres as much as possible.

If you are in a public place where it is difficult to keep 2 metres away from others, you should wear a face covering.

Read more about close contacts and casual contacts.

Where can I find additional information?

You will find up-to-date information about UCC and Covid-19 here.


Please see some further helpful information related to Covid-19, which has been provided by the Irish Council for International Students at:

Do I need to advise UCC if I develop COVID-19 Symptoms?

In order to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, there are some steps that UCC students arriving into Ireland from overseas must comply with.

See here for further information on your health obligations with respect to your arrival into Ireland and safe commencement or continuation of your studies at UCC.


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