18:50 Friday, 19 February 2021
It has been widely reported today that we will be living under Level 5 restrictions until May, after the Taoiseach gave an interview to the Irish Mirror.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has denied there’s mixed messaging around the extension of Covid restrictions.
It was widely reported today that Level 5 restrictions will be in place until May, after the Taoiseach gave an interview to the Irish Mirror.
Nine more weeks of ‘severe lockdown’, Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirms
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However, Micheál Martin has now said this has not yet been decided.
He has also rejected accusations of widespread confusion.
“I don’t think there is actually, I think there’s a lot of concern and anxiety out there. I think people are very concerned with the prolonged nature of this lockdown but that is a function of the variant and it’s a function of COVID.
“NPHET are very, very clear in their advice, they want a very, very cautious reopening, they want to monitor as it goes along, they want to evaluate each step along the way.”
There are calls for the government to bring forward its next cabinet meeting to decide how long COVID restrictions are likely to last.
The only significant easing of measures next month is expected to be the phased return of schools.
The Children’s Minister has said all primary school children should be back to class by March 15th.
However, some pupils may not be back until Easter with NPHET asking for two to three week intervals between openings to review progress.