Covid sub-committee meets to discuss phased reopening of schools

Monday, February 22
Michael Keogh

The Special Committee on Covid-19 Response is to meet today ahead of a Cabinet meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

It is anticipated that they will be recommending a phased reopening of schools and a return date for Leaving Cert students.

There are some reports that junior and senior infants will return along with those in first and second primary school classes.

Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman has said he understands that all primary school students will be back in school by 15 March. 

However, most secondary school students are not likely to return to the classroom until after the Easter holidays.

The government is due to release their updated Living with Covid-19 Plan later this week which will outline various stages regarding further opening of the economy and society 

There is a widespread expectation that most of the current restrictions will remain in place until the middle of May.

The 5km exercise limit and the current restrictions on household visits are expected to remain in place until early May.

It is expected that the updated Living with Covid-19 Plan will outline a plan for a phased reopening of retail and the construction sector.   

Taoiseach, Micheál Martin said that he doesn't expect the hospitality sector to reopen until the ‘middle of summer’, which many speculate could be late June or early July.