Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until after Easter

Tuesday, February 23
David Brophy


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.



However, the Department of Education said this morning that talks have concluded and union delegates were to brief their executives.