Further restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 will be announced this afternoon.

Schools in the Republic of Ireland will not be reopening on April 1st according to the Minister for Education.

It’s expected that schools, colleges and creches will remain shut for the next few weeks as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland will be announced this afternoon.

Educational facilities were due to stay closed until March 29th, but the Minsiter or Education Joe McHugh has said that they won’t be opening immediately after that date.

Leaving Cert students should be working as though they’ll still be assessed.

Minister McHugh stated that that the main focus of his department is having the state exams sit as normal starting on June 3rd – After the leaving cert oral exams were cancelled and students were given full marks.

And that students should be working on the basis that they will be assessed said General secretary of the TUI John MacGabhann.

Most colleges are delivering lectures online with decisions on exam dates to be made by each individual institution.

The government is due to officially announce the new measures regarding schools, colleges and childcare facilities at around 3PM this afternoon.