Covid-19: Tight restrictions to remain until May, as case numbers plateau

No further easing of restrictions, beyond the phased return of schools from early March, are likely to be announced by Government next week after the State’s public health team warned of a plateau in the fight against Covid-19.

Level 5 restrictions will continue to remain in place until April with strict measures until early May, sources said following a meeting of the Cabinet Covid-19 committee.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) was “very, very cautious in their presentation” to the committee, according to sources, which said the phased reopening of schools was “about the limit of what they can support”.

A mooted re-opening of construction is unlikely to be supported by Nphet while hopes that outdoor sports could resume and that people could meet outdoors have also been dashed. One senior source said it was now “out of the question” that restrictions would be eased to allow people to meet outdoors.

Sources said that the Cabinet sub-committee will recommend that schools begin the phased opening at the start of March but the current Level 5 restrictions will remain unchanged.

The plan is expected to include a phased reopening of schools. This would see junior infants to second class in first phase of reopening, and third to sixth in the second phase a few weeks later. At secondary this would see sixth years returning first, followed by third/fifth years a few weeks later and the rest, possibly in April, according to sources.

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