Strict restrictions set to remain in place until May

From press conferences and interviews in the last 12 hours, it hard to know exactly what the plan is, the team at has summarised what is going on as best we can.

NO MAJOR EASING of restrictions beyond the re-opening of schools are expected until May. It’s understood that the Cabinet subcommittee on Covid-19 heard last night that the country won’t be moving from Level 5 to Level 4 restrictions for some time.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar asked people to “dig deep” and to stick with restrictions so schools could open; while the Taoiseach said in an interview that the effort would be “worth it”.

The reopening of schools

The phased re-opening of schools is expected over March and early April.

Speaking this morning on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman said primary school students were likely to return in two phases.

It’s expected that junior infants, senior infants, first and second class will return on 1 March. All primary school children will return to school from 15 March, when third, fourth, fifth and sixth class pupils return.

The majority of secondary school students, however, won’t be returning to school until after the Easter holidays. Leaving Cert students, however, are being prioritised and will likely return next month. Final decisions regarding schools are set to be made at Cabinet next week.

Speaking on the News at One today, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said: “There is hope on the horizon, we’re just asking people t