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Taoiseach confirmed that Level 5 restrictions will last until the end of April

DUBLIN: The Level 5 restrictions will last until the last week of April, according to the government’s new Living with COVID plan. Students will be able to return to classes on March 1, following NPHET’s recommendation. Schools will be reopened on a phased basis. However, all other decisions will be announced after next Monday’s meeting.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed to the media yesterday that the tight lockdown restrictions will last for another nine weeks, almost until the end of April.

Mr. Martin said the government would unveil its revised Living with COVID plan next week. Tight restrictions are expected to continue until April. “We’ve already certainly indicated that beyond Easter we’ll look at it again but until the end of April you can look at significant restrictions and we’ll review it after that then because we’ll have to see where we are,” he said.

The Taoiseach said that Ireland’s exit from the current lockdown will not be the same as it was after the previous lockdowns. Mr. Martin said that after the exit from the COVID-19 restrictions, the government would provide additional support to the hospitality and tourism industries.

The Taoiseach also hinted that personal services such as pubs, restaurants and hairdressers would have to close after this date. He said there would be no complete return to the construction sector either.

“There are worries across Europe as the ECDC said about new variants and how COVID-19 can mutate into the future so we’ve to be very vigilant about that and we will be,” he said.

However, Mr. Martin said: I think by the end of June we’ll be in a much better place as a country and we’ll be in a position to make different choices then the ones we can make now.”

Government is looking at 1.2 million vaccine doses per month by April, May and June. “The target date is that by September we’ll have the majority of the population vaccinated,” he said.

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