The Cabinet is to meet today to discuss recommendations from the Covid-19 sub-committee that Level 5 restrictions should remain in place until early April.
A review will then take place to either further the restrictions or ease them.
An updated ‘Living With Covid-19 Plan’, which will outline a phased reopening of society and the economy, is to be put to the Cabinet for approval.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that the sub-committee had received advice from NPHET urging caution and calling for restrictions to be extended.
Thousands of students who attend special classes returned yesterday and it is expected that more students will be able to return back to classrooms in early March.
However, there seems to be some confusion in government circles on whether talks between the unions and the Department of Education on the return to classrooms have actually concluded.
Talks on schools reopening are still ongoing - Stephen Donnelly @DonnellyStephen tells Claire that the reopening of schools for junior infants, senior infants, first class, second class and Leaving Cert students is not a done deal yet. #CBLive pic.twitter.com/a1682klrdZ— Claire Byrne Live (@ClaireByrneLive) February 22, 2021
However, the Department of Education said this morning that talks have concluded and union delegates were to brief their executives.
Clarification re return of schools - Meetings with the teaching unions concluded early this afternoon. Government intends making an announcement after Cabinet in line with plans as already outlined.— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) February 23, 2021